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  • you can in fact contact Carolyn Dean MD ND through her website and her assistants will forward your questions to her – she is familiar with orthomolecular medicine and the Abram Hoffer protocol. http://www.rnareset.com is a commercial website – you do not have to buy any products – you will still get an answer to your question. Good luck.

  • start niacin very gradually – build up from mini-doses – cut the 100 mg tablets into quarters. Cut dairy, sugar and grains from your diet. Stay hydrated. Magnesium is important – try citrate or orotate. Read Carolyn Dean MD ND about stress, depression, etc and the role of magnesium.

  • I write about nutrition and orthomolecular medicine and their efficacy – especially in mental health. My intuition and recommendations have restored hundreds of people to health. Canadian orthomolecular psychiatrist Abram Hoffer (deceased) treated more than 5000 schizophrenics with micronutrients and not pharmaceuticals. I knew him as a friend (not as a patient). Bob Whitaker even delivered the Abram Hoffer Memorial Address at a recent Orthomolecular Medicine conference and Bonnie Kaplan and Julia Rucklidge are both PhDs and MIA authors and write about the role of NUTRITION (including the EmPower ingredients) in mental health.

  • I knew Abram Hoffer – not as a patient – and I am responsible for the very last audio interview he gave – a few weeks before his death – he suggested that all psychiatrists should be sent to Mars – “we’d be better off without them’ Whenever he met a client he would ask them what they were going to do when they got well – many cried because no one had ever told them they could get well – and most got the idea they could get well and they did – a belief system and some inexpensive micronutrients. For listing of orthomolecular practitioners see http://orthomolecular.org/resources/pract.shtml and here’s Hoffer’s last interview
    http://www.maieliiv.com/linkedfiles/AbramHoffer2.mp3 – hope this works

  • Further to ‘truth’s’ comment – I am in contact with at least 100 ECT victims – all report that they no longer read books – they cannot focus or remember. What was once a pleasure is now an ordeal. I have sent books to people locally through Amazon but found that they will not send e-books outside the US and Canada.

  • For the REAL ECT stories have a look at the fledgling website http://www.ECTstories.com and submit your story. Our words can do something – create an opening of doubt for the doctors who believe in what they are doing – they might do some deeper research. I once told Robert Whitaker that I was starting a site ‘Psychics Against Psychiatry’. People have no idea of the harm done by ECT on the physical and spiritual planes.

  • This might be of interest to you -you do not have to be a health care professional – check out the topics – https://csom.ca/event/schizophrenia-psychosis/ – module 2 – Orthomolecular History
    Upcoming session: May 10
    The legacy of Abram Hoffer, deemed the father of orthomolecular psychiatry, remains strong after almost 50 years. His zealous contributions to a nutritional perspective on schizophrenia stimulated ongoing research in the biochemical bases of psychiatric illness with immeasurable benefits to the field. The second module in this course describes Hoffer’s progressive treatment strategies and recommendations, highlighting his primary practice of using high-dose Niacin and Vitamin C to target schizophrenia symptoms.

    Vitamin Deficiencies – Dependencies
    Upcoming session: May 17
    In addition to Niacin (Vitamin B3), schizophrenia research and clinical trials suggest that additional vitamin deficiencies are involved in producing brain abnormalities. Individual genetic variations in nutrient and drug metabolism can result in biochemical deficits or excesses that significantly impact energy homeostasis and neurotransmitters in the brain. This module explores the roles of B-Vitamins (folate, B6, B12), Vitamin D, and Zinc in normal mental function.

  • Obviously I’m not Sara but I did know Dr. Hoffer, met him several times at conferences and corresponded with him and was responsible for his very last 1-hr audio interview 2 weeks before he died. I know his daughter. We both agree that he would have had more success if he had been aware of the role of gluten in ‘mental’ illness. Vitamins don’t kill. It would be ideal if a medical practitioner could oversee the dosing. Most people on the regime do very well. I may have posted this previously but it’s important to be aware https://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-7075-6-10 Schizophrenia, gluten, and low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets: a case report and review of the literature

  • unable to post a link but here is a mass of comments – Julia Woodford, Editor:

    We also carry a horror story this month, submitted by a woman whose insomnia diagnosis led her in to the dark world of prescription drug addiction. Seeking help from her psychiatrist, the woman ended up on a mixture of benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and Oxycontin, which ultimately left her a blithering idiot in a psychiatric ward. The moral of the story – prescription drugs can be dangerous enough to ruin your health, your mind and your life. Don’t read the story unless you have a strong stomach.

    John M Grima, Toronto:

    I had some trouble believing this woman could be so ignorant of one’s health. I can understand that when we go to a doctor, we can expect a prescription. But I cannot understand how this woman kept trusting and receiving ALL those prescriptions from her ignorant Doctor … Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lori Farquhar-Bryenton, Toronto:

    I was saddened by this letter but it’s all too prevalent these days. People get caught up in this and they don’t realize the harm being done to them until it’s too late.

    Crystal Hawk, Toronto:

    I’m so glad this is finally seeing the light of day so others can read it and learn hopefully not to let this happen to themselves. Thanks for sharing this very difficult story. Hopefully it will make a difference for many others.

    Toni B. Rhodes, Atlanta, GA:

    I went through something similar to your experience, with doctors piling up psychotrophic drugs to find the ‘right med’ for me. Now, 5-1/2 years benzo free, I’m starting to feel better but still have protracted benzo w/d syndrome. I pray both of us will eventually heal.

    Elizabeth K. Ellis Moorhead, MN:

    Excellent, excellent article. So full of reality.

    Patrice Campion, Ireland:

    Thank you for sharing your personal story. We are grateful for courageous people like you who step out from behind the shadow of shame, and tell the world about your experiences, so others may avoid this same life experience. May you continue to remember, even if it is better to forget. God Speed. x

    Mary Maddock, Cork, Ireland:

    An excellent article! It is so heartfelt and so honest. Yes doctors can do outrageous harm. Many people have been crucified by psychotrophic drugs in the name of ‘help.’ People live in fear of receiving them against their will when they know they have caused them serious harm. THANKS for writing this article!

    Iianne Knight, Canada:

    Living by the Laws of Life and the Laws of Nature, historically, from ancient times forward, have restored many to vibrant wellness without any drugs. Surgery or radiation. I hope that you will be able to rise to this personal challenge that you have received to study the masters and become one of our finest teachers.

    Pamela St. John, Chapel Hill, NC:

    What an amazing, well written and powerful article you have given the world….I am so glad you are writing a book!! I keep your story as inspiration for the work that must continue for changing these horrendous conditions, pray for your continuing return to full health, and give thanks for your passion to help others along the way. I read Peter Breggin’s book, Toxic Psychiatry, when it came out and felt very supported by that in my own growing beliefs around ‘mental health.’ Your evidential experiences will be tremendous back up for those in the field who have tried to speak out.

    Altostrata, California:

    Heartbreaking, but all too common. There are posts by patients all over the Web with similar stories. To the enduring shame of medicine, few doctors recognized adverse effects of the drugs they throw out like candy. Even fewer know anything about gradual, individualized tapering off these medications to minimize withdrawal damage. There are maybe a dozen Web sites run by patients – NOT doctors – offering support. I run one of them, SurvivingAntidepressants.org, but I would gladly shut it down if medicine stepped up to its responsibility to patients to get them safely off these drugs.

    Anonymous, Oregon:

    I was started on Prozac in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. I lost the 20 years of my life that followed, to a parade of psychiatric drugs, all prescribed for the effects of the drugs before. Now it’s taking me another five or six years to safely get off them. I’ve lost the best years of my life – not only lost, but I can’t describe the suffering I experienced during those years. I wanted to die most of the time. My children lost their mother. I have no savings to retire on. I have no partner and at this point it looks like I’ll spend the rest of my life alone. Thank you modern medicine. I no longer see doctors. I don’t believe in any of your ‘interventions.’ You have no idea how much damage you are doing, and you don’t want to listen when we try to tell you.

    Toni Rhodes, Atlanta:

    This story is heartbreaking. I went through a similar experience – getting hooked on a benzo that a doctor prescribed. Fortunately, my husband intervened; otherwise, my doctor would have given me ECT. I went through a horrific withdrawal process and now have protracted benzo withdrawal syndrome, which is awful but not as bad as being on the drugs. I wrote a letter to my HMO describing all the ways I was mistreated by doctors in the system, and I actually got a call from one of the doctors, who said he would take my case before a board to see if changes could be made in procedures. Maybe doctors in this country are beginning to see how wrong they have been. Too many of us have had to suffer!

    Wellness, Ontario

    Add me to the list of victims. Addicted to sleeping pills in 3 weeks. I was getting panic and anxiety attacks from the interdose w/d. They threw the whole drug catalog at me and diagnosed me with so much stuff. I’m 16 months off my last dose of benzodiazepine and still very ill. Psychiatry is a profession gone bad. If I had my way they would be lining up for the unemployment line.

    Harmedbydoctors, Toronto:

    I have a similar story. I am called a Psychiatric Survivor. I have refused to ever use those drugs again (now they say SSRI’s don’t work) I know they don’t work … 20 years ago. I went through 6 years of nothing but drugs and baloney, no help, nothing. After many hospital stays and crap, one day the “dr” threw me away and said I could not be helped and would end up killing myself. This “person” still practices but I plan on writing and posting my experiences online. Somewhere, someday, naming names. I have struggled but found success in alternative therapies. I now fully confront any “dr” who needs confronting and I don’t care what is about or what is written down in my ‘file”. I have a file now on doctors. Do no harm? Everyone of us should be able to sue for damages. I agree, psychiatrists et al should be sent to Mars or if there is a hell, hopefully there is a special place for doctors who harm, injure, destroy and yet make quite a good living at our suffering.

    Anothervictim, USA :

    Another victim here. I am so sorry for this lady. I went from relatively mild situational anxiety to psychosis on drugs. I was polydrugged (14 drugs over a 4-month period) since doctors used drugs to treat adverse effects from other drugs. I am now 7 months free of all drugs and my body and brain still feel like when I was on the rugs, meaning that the (hopefully temporary) chemical brain damage that was caused by the drugs remains. I have no idea when I’ll be healed and able to restore my normal life. I was an amazing sweet mom and wife and an MIT graduate with a perfect GPA and on the worst of my withdrawal I had slurred speech and could not even recognize a tube of toothpaste … Cannot feel love for my family either. This is what these drugs do, a chemical lobotomy. That feeling of agitation is called akathisia or “Hell on Earth”, psychiatrists dirty little secret … and 7 months later I still have it. For those who feel good on the drugs and are able to get on and off of them without issue, beware, your brain will not stand the beating forever and sooner or later will rebel. So if you’re one of the lucky ones that has a ‘sturdy’ brain be thankful. IMHO, these drugs should only be used in extreme cases where the risk significantly outweighs the benefit, not because you’re depressed that your dog ate your LV purse.

    OneMore, California:

    I too am a victim/psychiatric survivor. I was a teacher who became a jailbird after I was given Risperidol, Haldol, and Seroquel. I had no family near. There was no empathy for me after I lost my baby, you see. I got pills instead of empathy. All I needed was some empathy. I was strong. I could have made it. Instead of comfort, the medications and actions it caused me to lose roughly 10 years rebuilding my life and establishing a new career. They almost killed me. After starting the medications – I lost my life. Now all I have is the new one I’m building. My integrity as a person was shattered. I explain things one way to myself – but in another way to others. What a shadow the ordeal cast on what was once a clean slate that was called my life.

    Roberto, Idaho USA:

    This is just an amazing story and hard to believe, but never the less it is TRUE. Millions of people TRUST their doctors blindly because this is all they know to do. Some doctors have a way to win your TRUST to the point that NO matter how your health keeps on declining you will still TRUST their judgment like this lady did for the many years until it is too late. Some people really believe that thee DRUGS are a godsend, but in reality they may help for a while until something else goes wrong and you begin to experience hell on earth …

    Medical Journalist:

    The article is hair-raising. I’d like her permission to use her story in my book. My husband cried when he read her story. My husband is a physician.

    Young Intern:

    This story should be required reading for all medical students. It’s sobering.

    ‘Open Letter to Doctors’ posted in Dead Man’s Vitamin

    Lori Farquhar-Bryenton, Editor:

    I came across this story today and felt I had to share it with others. Although I have spoken with many people with similar stories, I have never come across such gross negligence.

    Gross negligence: n. carelessness in reckless disregard for the safety or lives of others, which is so great it appears to be a conscious violation of other people’s rights to safety. It is more than simple inadvertence, but it is just shy of being intentionally evil. If one has borrowed or contracted to take care of another’s property, then gross negligence is the failure to actively take the care one would of his/her own property. If gross negligence is found by the trier of fact (judge or jury), it can result in the award of punitive damages on top of general and special damages. Also:

    Gross negligence is a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care, which is likely to cause foreseeable grave injury or harm to persons, property or both. It is conduct that is extreme.

    If this is not a case of gross negligence then what is? Why can’t we hold psychiatrists responsible for the harm they cause? Why is this being allowed to continue?

    With no due recourse and nowhere to turn, this lady can only endure what has been done to her by mental health “experts.”

    Dbunker:

    Thanks. Gross negligence? It goes beyond negligent and it’s way beyond gross.

    MKH :

    How are we supposed to taper “under supervision”? I can only do it on my own. When I asked for help with it, the doctor wanted to “add a little bit of Abilify”! I write notes to myself: You feel bad because you are in withdrawal. It will be over before long … because otherwise I might start to believe them again. There is nothing wrong with my brain. My list of diagnoses went from schizophrenia to paranoia to chronic undifferentiated schizophrenia to schizotypal PD to schizoaffective to bipolar personality disorder. If I had never seen a psychiatrist I would never have had any of these labels or the hundreds of pills and the almost ruined life. I am still tapering. On. My. Own.

    Cynthia

    Psychiatrists kill.

    “Open letter to Doctors” Posted in Gaia Health

    Heidi Stevenson, Editor:

    This woman’s health was taken over and devastated by creatures who call themselves doctors. Anyone’s life can be destroyed in this system that dares to demand it be the only approach to health.

    Robert Bonan:

    Wow! I just finished reading this amazing testimony and my heart goes out to this person who survived the ordeal. This is the part I read that just blew me away “A psychiatrist asked: is she still alive?” meaning that she had taken so many pills that she should have died.

    VaccineRisks:

    A shocking and tragic story. Sadly, there are thousands of people annually who have their lives destroyed due to psychiatric drugs prescribed by cynical psychiatrists.

    Doctors may look side effect up but are rarely interested in interactions between drugs but, yet they do occur. The shocking cocktail which the poor woman was given is criminal. Several of the drugs were undoubtedly taken at the same time. Many in the list interact with each other resulting in for example increase in effective concentration, increasing toxicity, reduction of blood pressure etc.

    The open letter, so excellently formulated, so vividly describing the disgraceful, unethical and low level to which much of psychiatry has sunk, should be widely spread. It is also a perfect example for workshop discussions for medical students, in the hope that they will not be tempted to fall into the culture of greed and corruption which symbolizes psychiatry’s situation today.

    Debby Bruck:

    Shocking. Sad. Criminal.

    Ruth:

    I read this with tears in my eyes. I watched a similar thing happen to my sister after horrific vaccine damage at age 12. She died a year and a half ago at age 40. Doctors offered no hope for her ‘rare’ condition that they had absolutely had ‘no idea’ where it materialized from. They treated her with such disrespect and disgust those last days … as if she were somehow at fault … I think they know deep down. If they allowed themselves the thought that what they are doing is harming people, children, to the extent that it really is, well, maybe a few would just want to go jump off a bridge. We could only hope…

    Amita Durgaprasad:

    EXCELLENT post! It’s appalling how completely the medical community has abandoned the tenet “First do no harm” in favor of “Protect the MAXIMUM profits & best interests of Big Pharma AT ALL COSTS, and NO MATTER the extent of ‘collateral’ damage from injury & death of innocent people.

    Comments from Facebook groups as the story continued to spread

    Anonymous:

    Wow.

    Jana Brown:

    My heart goes out to the author.

    Jennifer Bryant Roeder:

    I am horrified of what you went through and am amazed you survived. I am so sorry. It’s unbelievable how psychiatry destroys so much of our minds and our lives. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Julia Deborah:

    Wow. Amazing story, beautifully written. Thanks for sharing.

    Name hidden:

    “I’d like to drive a dagger through the heart of psychiatry, but I can’t find a heart.” Irish psychiatrist Michael Corry (1948-2010) the above quote is part of a poignant piece at the linkhttp://vitalitymagazine.com/article/an-open-letter-to-doctors/ I venture to say, we can’t find a brain either.

    Name hidden:

    I completely agree with everything you wrote. If I wasn’t afraid of jail and going to hell my psych doctor would be in serious danger. Bottom line: if there was any justice in the world my psych doctor would be in jail.

    Name hidden:

    I have no doubt we will reach a tipping point soon and then the tide will turn. Word is getting out.

    Name hidden:

    My experience is similar in so many ways to that of the writer … But it is so sad that in spite of the work of the likes of Peter Breggin and Robert Whitaker these drugs are continuing to be prescribed and people are blithely taking them. And I wish somebody would tell Woody Allen to stop subliminally advertising benzodiazepines in his films.

    Name hidden:

    I just read your story. Omg I am so sorry. I hate psychiatry with a passion.

    Name hidden:

    Wow. It is unbelievable how you were treated – what happened to you is criminal and it just boggles the mind that these doctors can be so callous, careless, cruel and (seemingly) ignorant of the adverse effects of all these drugs and treatments and get away with it because it is the ‘standard of care’. The psychiatrist who pushed all these drugs on you was worse than the worst drug pusher – except psych drugs are more dangerous. Your statement – “one should not have to survive going to a doctor’ nails the ‘irony’ and tragedy of what is happening in mainstream medical model health care. I will share this with family and friends.

    Anne Woodlen, writer, social activist, psychiatric survivor

    Dear God. Your words are triggering an adrenalin rush in me. The horror – the horror, of what we’ve been through. It’s hard for me to read because it brings up memories that I’ve moved away from.

    I think – hope – that what you’ve written will be a punch in the face to “civilians” – people who think the psychiatric system is beneficial. You write with simple, direct clarity. Facts. No howling or whining, just a strict report of events, which is very, very powerful.

    I’ve had it bad in the psych system, but not as bad as you. (Jesus, there ought to be criminal indictments against all these people who call themselves doctors.) Your story ought to be required reading for all students preparing to engage in mental “health” treatment. Would you consider letting me publish your writing on my blog? It is important, it matters, and I feel a terrible sense of urgency about it.

    I am reminded of the Book of Job where Satan destroys everything Job has. After each crop is destroyed or each flock of animals dies, a servant comes to Job and says, “I alone am left to tell you.” You, alone, are left to tell us. You survived with enough of your brain intact to tell us the damage that psych meds cause. You are one of the reasons I believe in God. Bless you.

    David Healy MD/Psychiatrist/author/Pharmageddon/www.RxISK.org

    This is an extraordinary list of meds. This is definitely something we need to showcase but in the early days of getting Rxisk up and running I’m trying to get as many general health issues into the frame as I can first. There are some equally terrible things from mainstream medicine – so keep an eye on the Rxisk blog when we get it going.

    Robert Whitaker/author/lecturer/Mad in America/Anatomy of an Epidemic

    Your story is one that tells of how this system of “care” we have can take people down an ever-downward path. This is much of what I wrote about in Anatomy of an Epidemic, which is how an initial small problem gets converted into a much bigger and more lasting problem. I am so sorry that you have suffered in this way, and I hope that you can continue to recover in the time ahead.

    Paula Caplan/Harvard psychologist/author/They Say You’re Crazy/When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home

    Oh, God, this is a nightmare! Your story is indeed terrifying and so, so sad. What a tragedy to see how you were being fed all those awful drugs and then, when you reported the negative effects, told they proved how sick you were! You are a miracle for having gotten out of it and for being so brave to try to help others.

    Ginger Breggin/Peter Breggin MD/psychiatrist/Your Drug May be Your Problem

    I am so sorry for your ordeal. Stay strong and keep building your support network! (Great idea about the ECT speakers group! Bravo!)

    Sir William Osler (1849-1919)

    Canadian physician known as ‘the father of modern medicine’

    “The battle against polypharmacy, or the use of a large number of drugs (the action of which we know little, yet we put them into the bodies … the action of which we know less) has not been fought to the finish … Do not use rashly every new product of which the peripatetic siren sings. Consider what surprising reactions may occur in the laboratory from the careless mixing of unknown substances. Be as considerate of your patient and yourself as you are of the test-tube.”

    “It is only too true, as you know well, that a most successful – as the term goes – doctor may practice with a clinical slovenliness that makes impossible for that old friend, Dame Nature, to cover his mistakes.”

    “It is astonishing with how little outside aid a large practice may be conducted, but it is not astonishing that in it cruel and unpardonable mistakes are made.”

    “The daily round of a busy practitioner tends to develop an egoism of a most intense kind, to which there is no antidote. The few setbacks are forgotten. The mistakes are often buried …”

    “Listen to your patient, he is telling you the diagnosis.”

    David Healy MD/psychiatrist/author/Pharmageddon/www.RxISK.org

    “No one knows a drug’s side effects like the person taking it.”

    IN SUMMATION

    Neither Dr. C., nor the CPSO, nor the Independent Opinion, nor the “expert tribunal” ICRC (Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee) chose to listen to the patient. Decisions were based on Dr. C’s records, records which were described by the CPSO as lacking: “Put simply – the documentation of the treatment of this patient is impossible to follow.” Dr. C. was reprimanded on many counts. Of the above-mentioned people, Dr. C. is the only one who met me. A group who never met me, never asked questions of me, decided I was mentally ill on the basis of Dr. C.’s notes. Hopefully the HPARB will listen to the patient. (PENDING since November 2012)

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  • ‘Prescripticide’ was actually a David Carmichael word. I use it a lot – unfortunately. I had a small card printed with the heading ‘PRESCRIPTICIDE’ with links to a number of websites including RxISK , Peter Breggin and MIA. I handed them out at the wake. The doctor was at the funeral but not at the wake – probably back at work murdering more people with her prescription pad. I have supported at least 6 people with their complaints (and appeals) to the medical governing body. I have been stunned and speechless to see the complaints dismissed by the old boys’ network. ‘Admit no harm’ is the war cry. I have lost respect for the medical profession.

  • I have the same question. I am an executor for the estate of a close friend who took her own life last year. I don’t call it suicide. I call it murder. Prescripticide.

    I had to clean out her apartment. I had to arrange for a decontamination crew to clean the deep stains left on the floor by her decomposing body. I have many of her medical records. I have her emails. I have my emails to her doctor. I have her computer. I have a box of pill containers – some still full – some empty.

    It was her very first antidepressant – citalopram. I warned her against it. I even warned her doctor three times. My friend told her doctor she felt the citalopram was making her feel suicidal. Her doctor told her that was impossible and increased the dose.

    My friend complained of insomnia. I found out later her doctor wrote a script for a two-month supply of sleeping pills. The doctor was on her way for a month in Europe. I was out of the country at a conference. I came back and my friend was already dead. I suspect she stopped the citalopram cold-turkey. The citalopram container still had pills in it. The sleeping pill container was empty.

    The police detective and the coroner suggested I file a complaint with the medical governing body of our province. I didn’t bother. Doctors are never held accountable – I’ve learned that from experience. My friend experienced the current acceptable standard of care.

    I photographed her apartment contents and the stain which was all that was left of her – bodily fluids, bits of scalp, bits of hair. I haven’t picked up my camera since. Last week I offered a small pearl necklace to another woman who had also considered herself a close friend. She declined the necklace – she stated she couldn’t wear anything that had belonged to a person who had “committed suicide”. I almost screamed at her: ‘She didn’t commit suicide – she was murdered by her doctor”.

  • Not just old people. Polypharmacy is rampant and leads to death and ECT. Have a look at the lead story at http://www.ECTstories.com and the rest of the stories where people have been ‘polypharmacied’ to the point where psychiatrists considered them good candidates for electroshock. Clinical trials for drug A, clinical trials for drug B, clinical trials for drug C , etc. We/you are the clinical trial for drug A+B+C.

  • Forced – yes it is forced. I took a benzo at a time of great stress. I was not depressed. Cold-turkeyed from the benzo when the stress was over. Got mild shakes. No one recognized benzo withdrawal. Diagnosed with agitated depression. Medicated to insanity. Actually diagnosed with dementia. Went to a psych facility for help in withdrawing from pharmaceuticals. Seized and forcibly shocked – considered an excellent candidate for ECT. I would have been an excellent candidate for supervised drug withdrawal. My life has been destroyed. I take no drugs and I am out for revenge.

  • Thank you Don.

    Canadian orthomolecular psychiatrist Abram Hoffer (1917- 2009) was appalled by the dominance of the pharmaceutical industry, the inhumane treatment of patients, and the degrading levels to which healthcare can sink. He felt that patients today would do well to avoid psychiatry like the plague. A few weeks before his death signed off with: “All psychiatrists should be sent to Mars – they’d be better off and we’d be better off without them.”

    Irish psychiatrist Michael Corry (1948 – 2010) opposed bio-psychiatry and psycho-pharmacology, and
    campaigned for the abolition of ECT. Dr. Corry once said: “I’d like to drive a dagger through the heart of psychiatry, but I can’t find a heart.” (Someone commented: I doubt if you could find a brain either.)

    Make sure you don’t miss the new website http://www.ECTstories.com. The stories speak for themselves. And for those who haven’t already done so look at http://www.ECTjustice.com about class actions suits.

  • I agree with ‘truth’ – I am Amnesia – amnesia from ECT – ECT because doctors mistook benzo withdrawal syndrome for agitated depression and medicated me to insanity and forced ECT. I also would like a prize offered for the cure to doctor-induced memory loss. I am missing 25 years of my life. Does anyone care? No! I respect most of Dr. Healy’s work and promote the Rxisk website everyday but I feel he is blissfully ignorant of ECT damage.

  • About niacin – start very slowly – 1/4 of a 100mg tablet and go up from there. Take after food. Some people get extreme flushing and panic and don’t touch niacin again. Students at our local naturopathic college took niacin as part of their training. A few students fainted – can’t remember how many – they had not eaten lunch.
    Vitamin C, selenium, zinc, other B vitamins also important. Dairy and sugar were to be avoided. Dr. Hoffer did use pharmaceuticals but weaned people off them as soon as he could replace the drugs with micronutrients. A few weeks before his death he remarked that all psychiatrists should be transported to Mars – we’d be better off without them.

    I’ll try to link to another article about the role of gluten in schizophrenia also low-carb ketogenic diet https://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-7075-6-10

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    amnesia June 29, 2017 at 11:30 pm
    Sara: Brilliant – both text and video. Dr. Hoffer would be grateful. Close to the end of his very last audio interview a few weeks before his death (an interview he agreed to only if he could speak about schizophrenia) he asked that we carry on his work. His final comment was “all psychiatrists should be transported to Mars – we’d be better off without them”. I will pass this on to his daughter. Thank you. You brought a smile. I write about his work almost daily.

    I’ll try to get you a name for orthomolecular doctor in France

  • Just wanted to share something – it’s not only psychiatry – all branches of medicine.

    Oncology: Doctor: Stop waiting for a miracle . You have only two to three days to live (with acute leukemia). Me: Who do you want to believe? Your doctor or me? Patient: I can still remember his expensive polished shoe on the side of my bed. We did imagery and Therapeutic Touch.

    Outcome: The patient went into strong remission. The doctor died a week later of a heart attack on the street outside of the hospital – he was 43 years old. A perfect ending.

    Cardiology: He (my husband) could drop dead any minute. He needs to have a pacemaker /ICD immediately. Me: He is feeling better. Cardiologist: People often feel better just before they drop dead. I was devastated and terrified and sick for weeks. My husband got over it quite quickly. A few years later, a few micrionutrients later my husband is no longer a candidate for any type of invasive measures.

    Be careful how you hex your patients..

  • Of course it works for depression. People become suicidal when they realize how much of themselves and their lives they have lost because of ECT. They kill themselves – and then there are fewer depressed people.
    Seriously, I personally knew four people who killed themselves as a direct adverse effect of ECT, I knew one woman who died of a heart attack shortly after ECT. I saw one woman being resuscitated after her ECT ‘therapy’.

  • Abram Hoffer – Canadian orthomolecular psychiatrist – now deceased – treated more than 5000 clients with the schizophrenia label – he did use pharmaceuticals in urgent situations until the individual was stable and then he tapered them and gave them micronutrients. Most became stable on micronutrients and didn’t need pharmaceuticals . Whenever a new client came to his office Dr. Hoffer asked them what they were going to do when they got well Many broke down in tears – no one had ever suggested they could get well. Most of them ‘got the idea’ and they did get well.

  • Absolutely! I was ‘diagnosed’ with anxiety, depression, agitated depression, major depression, adjustment disorder, bipolar, vegetative depression, psychotic depression, somatization disorder, dissociative identity disorder, DEMENTIA, plus paranoid ideation (when I questioned the role of pharmaceuticals in creating this mess) Of course all disappeared like magic when I tapered off drugs. Of course, the brain damage from forced ECT will never disappear.

    The only thing I did was take a benzo during a time of great stress and exhaustion and cold-turkey off it. I was never depressed until the doctors got their hands on me. The curse DEMENTED – I left farewell notes for my husband and wrote a living will I was afraid I would kill myself and I was afraid I wouldn’t kill myself. I gave away all my most precious belongings. Those psychiatric labels stick on medical paperwork and in my subconscious. I lost my self-confidence. I will never lose my hatred and my will-power.

  • A benzo taken at a time of extreme stress. A cold-turkey withdrawal from the benzo. The shakes as a withdrawal effect. A diagnosis of agitated depression. An antidepressant which resulted in akathisia. Diagnosed with worsening depression. More than 30 drugs given – a new one almost every week – no wash-out allowed. The diagnosis changed to dementia and psychotic depression. 25 rounds of forced bilateral ECT followed. It took only 8 months. Most of the drugs were administered in the first two months. It took only 25 years of my memory. Blank. All gone. Blank.

  • Excellent, thank you. I’ve posted a lot about the potential dangers of ECT but have taken some time to deal with my husband’s health issues – heart failure related – a direct result of the guilt and despondency he feels at signing the form authorizing ECT for me – I had refused to sign – he was told it was the last and only hope for me. The last and only hope was, in fact removal of all the pharmaceuticals – all of them – not one was necessary or even indicated. His bright, slender, trendy, articulate wife returned home as a bloated zombie collapsing to the floor, frothing at the mouth with spontaneous seizures, and missing about 25 years of memory. He used to wipe the blood from the corners of my mouth after ECT and explain where I was and why I was being tortured. We had both been told that I was demented, had severe psychotic depression, needed maintenance ECT for the rest of my life, needed pharmaceuticals for the rest of my life, and to top it all off – I would not be coming home but would be going to an institution. I went to the psych facility carrying Peter Breggin’s book – Your Drug May be Your Problem – I went for help in withdrawing from the drugs – they seized me and declared that I was an excellent candidate for ECT. IDIOTS!. I am now dealing with cracked teeth and cracked dental restorations – and I am terrified of anyone going near or into my mouth.

  • Yes, there are better ways.

    I know many who became psychic/spiritual after head injuries from car or motorcycle accidents. Know several who became psychic after near death experiences.

    In the words of the great orthomolecular psychiatrist Abram Hoffer: “How can something that makes well people sick, make sick people well?” He suggested that all bottles of pharmaceuticals carry a skull and crossbones symbol and the word POISON.

  • This topic is all too bizarre and amateurish.

    Psych drugs leave spaces in the human energy field. This allows undesirable energies to get in. People get worse. They are being made worse because the drugs damage the field. More drugs then follow, etc, etc, etc.

    And then when the field is very porous and the patient has been driven insane, they get rewarded with ECT which totally destroys many. The ones who suffer most are the ones who had expanded consciousness in the first place – the artists, the musicians, the writers, etc.

    ECT damage can be seen in the human energy field.

    Look at a photo of a preteen who took her own life. There is a space in this girl’s energy field that intersects with her forehead, her frontal lobes. This is the kind of trauma caused by drugs. She would not have been able to link consequences and her emotions, which would also have been very negatively affected. Prior to this, this little girl was joyful – she was just what they call a kinetic learner which means she had to learn through movement and “hands on” learning. She should never have been given drugs (to help her concentrate in school.

    I once attended a seminar for voice-hearers. I went because of the reputation of the presenters. Many of the attendees were psychically open and didn’t realize it. Their doctors, of course, didn’t realize it either and were drugging them. Wrong.

    The problem – consciousness isn’t taught in schools. I have a book in the works.

  • Robert Whitaker: Could you please post the Abram Hoffer Memorial Lecture you gave at the Orthomolecular Medicine Conference two years ago.

    I have not picked up my camera since I photographed what was left of a very close friend after the removal of her decomposing body and before the professional decontamination team came – just some dried blood sludge, some bits of scalp, some hair. I did every thing I could to warn her about the antipsychotic she was about to take – her first psychiatric drug. She insisted her doctor would not give her anything that would harm her. She said she was feeling suicidal within a few days. Her doctor told her that was impossible and increased the dose. She felt worse. I think she cold turkeyed. I was out of town when she took her own life. That was a year ago. The doctor remains clueless.

  • Hundreds of us would like to see the story of ECT that doctors ignore to tell us. Hundreds of us can give you testimonials of how we were driven to insanity by antipsychotics and then rewarded with electroshock for having survived. Some of us have an ethical/moral dilemma. A young woman with ‘postpartum depression’ following a complicated last minute cesarean, was given antipsychotics. She felt terrible. She was given ECT and couldn’t remember anything nor function. She was terrified. Her husband threatened to divorce her if she didn’t continue with the antipsychotic(s). Her mother wouldn’t speak with her unless she returned for ECT. I have her emails. Dozens of us have her facebook posts pleading for help. Those who should have been her support system failed her because they chose not to be informed about antipsychotics and ECT, They read only what they wanted to hear. A little girl is motherless. Do we devastate the family with the truth – or do we let the little one grow up thinking that her ‘mentally ill’ mother took her own life?

  • Truth: Of course drugs are not the ideal solution to grief (or perhaps the insomnia often associated with grief). But the first thing that doctors do, is offer drugs. And that is not going to change any time soon. Two of my friends lost their sons to medical malfeasance and one lost a daughter – first thing their doctors did was offer them drugs – they didn’t accept. Some grief support groups are financed by drug companies. Tolerate = is the drug going to make you crazy/violent/suicidal!?

  • Yesterday a woman in Georgia who had apparently been depressed over the death of her father stabbed her husband and four children to death. One daughter is still alive. The are reports of her behavior being bizarre and of her having hallucinations. Hopefully we will soon hear about the drug(s) prescribed for her. Wouldn’t it have been useful if she had had genetic pre-screening for her ability to tolerate the drug(s)?

  • $200 23andme – when I had it done for myself and my husband it cost $100.

    ‘someone’ should just shut up – not at all well-informed – no need to share ignorance and try to prevent people from having genetic testing and avoiding what is harmful to them.

    That said – your genes are not your destiny – they do get triggered, though.

  • Kindredspirit – I did use 23andme for starters and then based on info found followed up with some specific testing – as a result my husband is off all heart meds – they were killing him and doctors in their ignorance kept adding more and more – and now they are wondering why he is no longer a candidate for all the surgical interventions they deemed necessary. Psych drugs use similar pathways.

  • Here’s one from CAMH – likely Canada’s major psychiatric facility.

    http://impact.camhx.ca/en/education-pharmacogenetics

    The tests are still fairly expensive and for sure drug companies would not like to see them used – fewer customers.

    Look up David Carmichael – and paxil – David would have spent the rest of his life in jail had it not been for genetic information.

    People get so freaked out by the word ‘genetic’. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know which drug would have the best result for you – or would you prefer trail and error?

  • amnesia is not wrong – amnesia is an empath and has super psychic abilities – you can indeed weed out people and the tests are already available but costly – there is nothing wrong with people – we all have genetic glitches – psych drugs are almost lethal to many

  • There is always hope. Orthomolecular psychiatry does not use massive doses of vitamins – or it should not. Abram Hoffer MD used the absolute minimum required. Are you aware of EFT – emotional freedom techniques to deal with childhood issues? What is your diet like? Gluten, dairy and sugar-free? Omega 3s? B3? B12? multi Bs, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C, selenium? People who are nutrient depleted do worse with ECT. Here’s something to consider https://www.madinamerica.com/2017/06/schizophrenia-deconstructed/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2652467/ Ketogenic gluten-free diet.

  • I was never depressed. I had a bad reaction to benzo withdrawal. ECT was forcibly given. I lost 20-25 years of memories. God knows what my IQ is now. I have become almost inarticulate. Absolutely terrified of doctors. My husband almost died from the guilt of having signed the form after being told it was my last and only hope. In Bonnie Burstow’s latest blog BizOMadness she writes about the eradication of memory, the terror instilled, the profound interference with the ability to navigate life. I’d like to see a special Mad in America ‘blog’ where brain-damaged ECT survivors tell their stories.
    It’s a necessity.

  • They do exist – look up CYP450 – look up Yolande Lucire MD. Look up David Carmichael who killed his son while on Paxil. I had to learn all about genetic glitches and saved my husband’s life when I found he couldn’t metabolize any of the heart meds he was given. With ECT tests can be done to see if people can tolerate/metabolize the drugs given prior to the induced seizures. You are not at all in la la land. I’m not quite ready to write about this but people who can see the human energy field can see the damage from pharmaceuticals- the field becomes porous – ECT then makes it even more porous – full of holes. A lot depends on the energy field – people react in different ways. Do you think pharmacos would like people to know the huge percentage who cannot metabolize their drugs. Right now the tests are fairly expensive – but soon they won’t be.

  • Agreed – my husband was supposed to die 13 years ago – cardiologists said so and then proceeded to medicate him in a manner designed to make sure that he did. They insisted on all manner of medical procedures plus a pacemaker/ICD. I wouldn’t let that happen. He was in the ER resuscitation room 4-5 times because of the drugs. I did a lot of research, replaced his meds with nutrients. Cardiologists are speechless wondering why he is no longer a candidate for any procedure. He’s still on a blood thinner and a mini dose of another drug which is being reduced. He has most of his life back. We are now dealing with concussions from the meds which stopped his heart or lowered his blood pressure so much that he would pass out. Cardiologists are the second highest ranking killers after psychiatrists. He needed stress reduction and magnesium. His heart didn’t do well when told his wife was demented, psychotic, needed pharmaceuticals for the rest of her life plus weekly maintenance ECT, and furthermore – she would not be coming home but be going to an institution.

  • Sara: Brilliant – both text and video. Dr. Hoffer would be grateful. Close to the end of his very last audio interview a few weeks before his death (an interview he agreed to only if he could speak about schizophrenia) he asked that we carry on his work. His final comment was “all psychiatrists should be transported to Mars – we’d be better off without them”. I will pass this on to his daughter. Thank you. You brought a smile. I write about his work almost daily.

  • Found it – ordered it – read a little about you. I once made a living with my camera. Post ECT I couldn’t figure out how it worked. Now own a point and shoot which I rarely use. Thank God I have photographs – a record of sorts of my life – of people I don’t remember knowing, of places I don’t remember visiting. I have to keep my husband alive as he is the custodian on my memories. .

  • His cronies – the medical governing body for Ontario Canada did not scold him for almost killing me – in fact they agreed with him – he did prove that I was mentally ill. They also wrote that his notes were almost illegible. He provided a new set of notes – pure fiction. They believed him. I received their decision – some of the names of the ‘deciders’ were blacked out. I’ll will try to get them under Freedom of Information. He was scolded for prescribing one drug which they felt was not called for. He was also scolded for OHIP fraud. (Ontario Health Insurance ). He double-billed in one day. He was not scolded for drugging me to insanity. I was diagnosed with dementia!!!!!

    A couple of women who lost children to psychiatry and I started a website http://www.cpso.co – we tell our stories there. If you do look, my story is the one with the brain with a jolt of electricity going through it.

  • An MD friend commented on his facebook page: ‘ECT causes brain damage. Bits and pieces of brain cells can be found in the CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) after ‘treatments’ . Side effects include memory loss and numerous neurological abnormalities. It’s the creation of a concussion disguised as a treatment. It is utter unscientific rubbish that should be banned. Leave it to psychiatry to promote brain damage as a mental health benefit”.

    Unfortunately it is the standard of care.
    With each of my 25 bilateral ‘treatments’ I thought I would die – either by electrocution of by lethal injection.

    I have highlights in my hair – people comment on how attractive they are – I don’t bother to explain they are in the areas where the ECT machine fried my scalp.

  • Seth: I didn’t blindly trust the psychiatrist. I was so agitated from the drugs I didn’t know what to do. I was afraid I would kill myself and I was afraid I wouldn’t kill myself. I carried Peter Breggin’s book ‘Your Drug May Be Your Problem’ from doctor to doctor – I even took along David Healy’s report on the effects of antidepressants on twenty healthy volunteers. I eventually became the ‘healthy volunteer’ for ECT. Seven psychiatrists and MD psychotherapists refused to see me – I wanted help in withdrawing. These were doctors who apparently did not take the Hippocratic Oath but took the “Oath of Silence’. I understood my situation – at least initially. I also saw naturopaths, psychotherapists, craniosacral therapists, social workers. I don’t remember any of this. My husband has the cheque stubs – massive amounts.

    The head of psychiatry of a local hospital felt that I was not depressed but traumatized and overstimulated. In his report to the psychiatrist who was drugging me, he recommended that the drugs be withdrawn. So – one drug was cold-turkeyed and I got worse and that was proof enough for the first psychiatrist that I absolutely needed the drugs for the ‘major mental illness’ which he had ‘unmasked’. I even attended psychiatric ‘daycare’ at the local hospital – I have the most interesting artwork from that time – of course, I don’t remember being there.

    As a final act of desperation I went to CAMH (I later learned it’s Toronto’s shock mill) for help in withdrawing. They saw my extreme agitation and vocalizations and decided I would not be a candidate for psychotherapy but that I “would be an excellent candidate for ECT”.

    I refused consent; my husband was coerced into signing when told it was the last and only hope for me.
    He paid dearly for that signature. When he saw his formerly bright, articulate, energetic, trendy, slender wife return as a cognitively impaired, confused, lethargic, bloated amnesiac who frothed at the mouth when she had spontaneous seizures; he collapsed and was hospitalized with takotsubo cardiomyopathy – better known as broken heart syndrome. He was also misdiagnosed, improperly medicated, and almost killed – that’s another story. I couldn’t go back for maintenance ECT because I now had an invalid husband to look after – a husband who had never in his first 60 years missed a day of school or work for illness.

    I am writing a book about consciousness, high sense perception, energy healing, and orthomolecular medicine. My experience with psychiatry will be one ugly, ugly chapter. I will publish my medical records and the words doctors used to describe and ridicule me.

    I have 700 pages of medical records. I am uniquely suited to writing about the depravity that is psychiatry.

  • A gentler way of treating catatonia.

    The great Canadian orthomolecular psychiatrist Abram Hoffer wrote in his memoirs:

    ” We deduced from our biochemical theories that large doses of vitamin B-3 and vitamin C might be therapeutic. We obtained a large supply of pure crystalline niacin, niacinamide, ascorbic acid and riboflavin. Our first patient Ken was a catatonic schizophrenic in the mental hospital run by Dr Osmond. He had had insulin coma and also ECT and had been left in a coma and was dying. We decided that he must be our first patient to be given niacin and hoped he would not be our first victim. We used a stomach tube and gave him a large dose of niacin and ascorbic acid. He survived. The next day he sat up and drank it and thirty days later he was well. He was discharged and remained well. We were very fortunate. It is essential that the first patient one treats with any new treatment responds and he did. We then knew that we had something but our conviction was not great. After six double blinds, thousands of patients I have treated since then, and dozens of open clinical studies, I am convinced that what I saw in 1952 did represent a new way of treating these patients. ” ……….

    “The adrenochrome hypothesis has been a map that we have followed since then and it has been remarkably effective in directing our investigations in to fruitful areas of research. These include the discovery of the mauve factor, psychedelic therapy, special clinical tests for schizophrenia such as the HOD and EWI test, the discovery that niacin lowers cholesterol levels, better housing for patients, better and more humane treatment of patients and more. Our research, and the use of mega doses of vitamins led to Linus Pauling’s formulation of Orthomolecular Psychiatry and Medicine. And I now know a lot more psychiatry than I did when I first started so many years ago.”

    Hoffer died in 2009 at age 92 and worked up until two weeks before his death.

  • In the words of the great Canadian orthomolecular psychiatrist : ‘How can something that makes well people sick, make sick people well?’ And at the end of his very last audio interview a few weeks before his death: ‘All psychiatrists should be transported to Mars – we’d be better off without them.’ Yes, indeed we would.

  • About niacin – start very slowly – 1/4 of a 100mg tablet and go up from there. Take after food. Some people get extreme flushing and panic and don’t touch niacin again. Students at our local naturopathic college took niacin as part of their training. A few students fainted – can’t remember how many – they had not eaten lunch.
    Vitamin C, selenium, zinc, other B vitamins also important. Dairy and sugar were to be avoided. Dr. Hoffer did use pharmaceuticals but weaned people off them as soon as he could replace the drugs with micronutrients. A few weeks before his death he remarked that all psychiatrists should be transported to Mars – we’d be better off without them.

    I’ll try to link to another article about the role of gluten in schizophrenia also low-carb ketogenic diet https://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-7075-6-10

  • Dr. Abram Hoffer was criticized nonstop – when his clients (he called them clients) got well, he was told they were never sick in the first place – just nutritional deficiencies. Orthomolecular nutritionists do exist. Hoffer was brilliant. In many cases nutritional deficiencies are taken for mental illness and medicated.

  • Yes, psychiatrists harm their patient out of stupidity – and ignorance and arrogance. I’ve posted parts of this before – how I came to be forced to have ECT because not one idiot psychiatrist recognized benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome – I had cold-turkeyed from a low-dose benzo which I took at a time of extreme stress. ECT – a dangerous practice, in ignorant and dangerous hands.
    ………..
    I wrote this (excerpt) as an open letter to my doctors. ” I tried to withdraw from the benzo. I felt horrible. You insisted I was “depressed.” You said it was because of my traumatic childhood. My childhood was not the issue. The issue was your drugs.
    ……………
    You didn’t recognize my adverse reactions to the benzodiazepine. And you didn’t recognize the withdrawal syndrome. You diagnosed me with ‘Anxiety Disorder’ and ‘Depression.’ You gave me an antidepressant. When I became agitated and developed a tremor as drug effects, you said I had ‘Major Depression with Agitation.’ When the agitation became so severe that I lost my sleep entirely, you gave me even more antidepressants. You also gave me sleeping pills.
    ……………
    You said I had an ‘Adjustment Disorder’ – but the only things I wasn’t adjusting to, were your drugs. I collapsed frequently, sometimes on the street, and was twice taken by ambulance to an emergency room. You did not recognize that one of the drugs was causing my blood pressure to drop precipitously.

    When I started twitching and shaking uncontrollably, you gave me more sleeping pills – to be taken three times a day and at night. When I fell asleep during an appointment, you said I had ‘Vegetative Depression.’ When I was in constant motion, you said I had ‘Bipolar Disorder.’ You then settled on ‘ Psychotic Depression.’

    You gave me antipsychotics. I started howling like a dog. I marched in place. My body movements became chaotic. My face twitched, and my tongue darted in and out of my mouth.

    You gave me 35 different psychiatric drugs. You gave me a new drug almost every week. You said you were ‘unmasking’ mental disorders. You didn’t allow for a wash-out period between drugs. You were treating the adverse effects of pharmacy and polypharmacy with more polypharmacy. Why did I accept all those drugs? I would have done anything, agreed to anything, ingested anything to stop the horrendous agitation – it’s called akathisia.
    ……………..
    I couldn’t stop moving. You said it was a symptom of my mental illness. You told me I was demented. I was afraid I would kill myself. I was afraid I wouldn’t kill myself. I wrote a Living Will and a Do Not Resuscitate directive. I gave away my belongings. I wrote farewell letters. I detailed how my ashes were to be disposed. I asked my husband to shave my face – one of your drugs caused the growth of facial hair. My husband watched in helpless disbelief, horror and grief.
    …………….
    I wanted to withdraw from the drugs and went to a psychiatric facility for help. You seized me and kept me there forcibly. You said I had ‘ Dissociative Identity Disorder’ and ‘Somatization Disorder.’ You said I was ‘delusional, self-absorbed, and violently agitated.’ You cold-turkeyed me off many of the drugs and wrote that I was ‘an excellent candidate for ECT.’

    I refused treatment, but you coerced my husband into signing. You told him electroshock was the last and only option. You held me for 10 weeks and treated me to 25 general anesthetics and 25 bilateral, grand mal seizures. I don’t remember much except the assembly line of gurneys on shock days. I shook from terror as I looked up at your cold, matter-of-fact faces and waited for merciful oblivion as the anesthetic hit. You kept me on the sleeping pills – three times a day, once at night and you added new drugs. You told me I would require institutionalization, medication for the rest of my life, and weekly maintenance electroshock treatments. I did not go back for maintenance ECT and I gradually tapered myself off all drugs. For years I lived with the fear that you would have me returned to your facility and committed for more electroshock. I WAS NO LONGER A HUMAN BEING. You could not have been more destructive.
    …………..
    When you promise to do no harm, you should acknowledge when it happens, and share so that it does not happen again. You will never admit that you did harm and no one will ever learn from your mistakes. The oath you took was ‘to admit no harm.’ You also took ‘the oath of silence.’
    ……….
    I have been drug-free for many years and see no psychiatrists. I had a ‘spontaneous recovery’ from every label I had been given when I withdrew from the pharmaceuticals. Well, not quite. When I tried to get help for the trauma I experienced at the hands of doctors, I was told what I was saying was libelous and that I had “Paranoid Ideation.”

    Doctors systematically destroyed my brain and nervous system with drugs and electroshock. I have amnesia. More than 20 years of my life are totally missing. Most of the memory of my life with my husband is gone. I also have anterograde amnesia – the loss of the ability to create new memories. I have cognitive impairments, optic nerve damage, tremors, seizures, vocal tics, diminished lung capacity, poor working memory and poor organizational skills. I function with a wall of ‘sticky note’ reminders.
    …………..
    I live in terror of those who forgot they once took an oath to do no harm. However, if I met any one of you, my doctors, on the street, I would not recognize you. You stole my memory.
    ……….
    Three of the dozen women incarcerated with me are dead – two from suicide, one from a post-ECT heart attack. What was wrong with them in the first place? Try thyroid problems, gluten intolerance, B12 deficiency, zinc deficiency, kidney not filtering properly, head injury, inner ear problem, toxic chemical exposure ….. (I’m a good intuitive)

    ……… Doctors are too ignorant to make a proper diagnosis.

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  • How/why I came to have forced ECT – a dangerous practice, in ignorant and dangerous hands.
    ………..
    I had taken a low-dose benzodiazepine short-term for extreme stress. I wrote this (excerpt) as an open letter to my doctors. ” I tried to withdraw from the benzo. I felt horrible. You insisted I was “depressed.” You said it was because of my traumatic childhood. My childhood was not the issue. The issue was your drugs.
    ……………
    You didn’t recognize my adverse reactions to the benzodiazepine. And you didn’t recognize the withdrawal syndrome. You diagnosed me with ‘Anxiety Disorder’ and ‘Depression.’ You gave me an antidepressant. When I became agitated and developed a tremor as drug effects, you said I had ‘Major Depression with Agitation.’ When the agitation became so severe that I lost my sleep entirely, you gave me even more antidepressants. You also gave me sleeping pills.
    ……………
    You said I had an ‘Adjustment Disorder’ – but the only things I wasn’t adjusting to, were your drugs. I collapsed frequently, sometimes on the street, and was twice taken by ambulance to an emergency room. You did not recognize that one of the drugs was causing my blood pressure to drop precipitously.

    When I started twitching and shaking uncontrollably, you gave me more sleeping pills – to be taken three times a day and at night. When I fell asleep during an appointment, you said I had ‘Vegetative Depression.’ When I was in constant motion, you said I had ‘Bipolar Disorder.’ You then settled on ‘ Psychotic Depression.’

    You gave me antipsychotics. I started howling like a dog. I marched in place. My body movements became chaotic. My face twitched, and my tongue darted in and out of my mouth.

    You gave me 35 different psychiatric drugs. You gave me a new drug almost every week. You said you were ‘unmasking’ mental disorders. You didn’t allow for a wash-out period between drugs. You were treating the adverse effects of pharmacy and polypharmacy with more polypharmacy. Why did I accept all those drugs? I would have done anything, agreed to anything, ingested anything to stop the horrendous agitation – it’s called akathisia.
    ……………..
    I couldn’t stop moving. You said it was a symptom of my mental illness. You told me I was demented. I was afraid I would kill myself. I was afraid I wouldn’t kill myself. I wrote a Living Will and a Do Not Resuscitate directive. I gave away my belongings. I wrote farewell letters. I detailed how my ashes were to be disposed. I asked my husband to shave my face – one of your drugs caused the growth of facial hair. My husband watched in helpless disbelief, horror and grief.
    …………….
    I wanted to withdraw from the drugs and went to a psychiatric facility for help. You seized me and kept me there forcibly. You said I had ‘ Dissociative Identity Disorder’ and ‘Somatization Disorder.’ You said I was ‘delusional, self-absorbed, and violently agitated.’ You cold-turkeyed me off many of the drugs and wrote that I was ‘an excellent candidate for ECT.’

    I refused treatment, but you coerced my husband into signing. You told him electroshock was the last and only option. You held me for 10 weeks and treated me to 25 general anesthetics and 25 bilateral, grand mal seizures. I don’t remember much except the assembly line of gurneys on shock days. I shook from terror as I looked up at your cold, matter-of-fact faces and waited for merciful oblivion as the anesthetic hit. You kept me on the sleeping pills – three times a day, once at night and you added new drugs. You told me I would require institutionalization, medication for the rest of my life, and weekly maintenance electroshock treatments. I did not go back for maintenance ECT and I gradually tapered myself off all drugs. For years I lived with the fear that you would have me returned to your facility and committed for more electroshock. I WAS NO LONGER A HUMAN BEING. You could not have been more destructive.
    …………..
    When you promise to do no harm, you should acknowledge when it happens, and share so that it does not happen again. You will never admit that you did harm and no one will ever learn from your mistakes. The oath you took was ‘to admit no harm.’ You also took ‘the oath of silence.’
    ……….
    I have been drug-free for many years and see no psychiatrists. I had a ‘spontaneous recovery’ from every label I had been given when I withdrew from the pharmaceuticals. Well, not quite. When I tried to get help for the trauma I experienced at the hands of doctors, I was told what I was saying was libelous and that I had “Paranoid Ideation.”

    Doctors systematically destroyed my brain and nervous system with drugs and electroshock. I have amnesia. More than 20 years of my life are totally missing. Most of the memory of my life with my husband is gone. I also have anterograde amnesia – the loss of the ability to create new memories. I have cognitive impairments, optic nerve damage, tremors, seizures, vocal tics, diminished lung capacity, poor working memory and poor organizational skills. I function with a wall of ‘sticky note’ reminders.
    …………..
    I live in terror of those who forgot they once took an oath to do no harm. However, if I met any one of you, my doctors, on the street, I would not recognize you. You stole my memory.
    ……….
    Three of the dozen women incarcerated with me are dead – two from suicide, one from a post-ECT heart attack.
    ……… Doctors are too ignorant to make a proper diagnosis. No psychiatrist needs to use ECT.

  • the author might find this interesting – http://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2017/06/14/turning-points-dr-joel-salinas.cnn

    Comments included – “This is not “rare.” It’s called being an empath and medical intuitive. The doctor is one and the medical model is trying to make it a big scientific deal. It’snot. He needs a spiritual teacher to show him how to disconnect it and turn it into insights about the diagnosis instead of feeling the physical pain. I had to learn how to do this myself after feeling the significant physical pain of several clients.”

    and “When I was a doula I would feel when my clients were going into labour before they even paged me. When I was with them I felt their labour contractions and this would guide me very well to understand what to do to help. I often knew weeks ahead of the birth how things would go. Luckily for me I experienced this without the actual pain. But with my children it is different. I DO often hurt where they hurt and get their symptoms but not as dramatically.

    and “when I was active in Therapeutic Touch I would know when my clients needed a bedpan in the middle of the night – and when the nurses were not responding to them. I also knew when people were about to take their own lives – i.e. attempt suicide.”

    William Bengston has done a lot of fMRI research on healing – when he is in ‘healing’ mode the same site in his brain lights up as does the site in the healee’s brain.

  • Not familiar enough with the Seth material to comment. Seems solid. Seems to be the same conclusions people come to generally after many years of study. I understand that Jane Roberts gave many free Seth sessions to people who asked for help.

    I will not only be writing about the nonsense psychiatrists spoke, but also the nonsense that came out of the mouths of many mediums/channels. And the $$$$$$s charged. I was desperate at times.

    Here’s a segment from a July 2006 Time magazine article by Stephan Faris: “Take, for example, Yahaya Sekagya. Like Okello, his history was shaped by medical trauma. As a teenager he was consigned to a mental hospital for visions he says were calling him to traditional medicine. “It was misdiagnosed and misunderstood by Western medicine,” says Sekagya, 43. Although he ended up going to medical school–more out of contrariness than conviction–he also spent six years studying at a medicine man’s shrine. Now he’s the director of the Ugandan chapter of Prometra, a Senegal-based advocacy group promoting traditional medicine. Sekagya runs an outdoor school in a forest south of Kampala. About 100 students gather weekly under a leafy canopy. Instructors line up herbs on a thin wooden table cut from a single log. Along with the basics of hygiene and anatomy, students learn the identification and uses of local plants. Meanwhile, spiritualists chant, dance and drum to call down spirits and consult them for cures.

    While Sekagya concedes that modern medicine is better at blood transfusions, rehydration and aligning compound fractures, he insists that traditional ways should not be dismissed simply because they are not understood. “A Western yardstick is the wrong yardstick to regulate traditional medicine,” he says.

    He is also worried that expensive modern medicines may be smothering local knowledge, leaving the country dependent on foreign drugs and funding. “ARVs are not curing AIDS. They are improving the quality of life,” Sekagya says. “Some traditional practices are doing the same. What attention are we giving to that? And if we come with ARVS and flood the whole system, will we lose those traditions?” ”

    I met Sekagya at an AIDS conference some years ago when I was promoting the work of Canadian medical geographer Harold Foster who was reversing the symptoms of AIDS with micronutrients and not pharmaceuticals. People could be freed from their medical cocktails. Foster could not get a clinical trial in Canada and died before we could set up a trial with Sekagya and his colleagues.

    There is much I would like to do but my time is limited by care giving to my husband who is also a victim of psychiatry – broken-hearted from watching me being ‘treated.’

    Thank you oldhead for reading my comment – at least one person did.

  • 1. Thank you for this excellent post and the links.

    2. Thank you for blue vervain.

    3. I refer to psychiatrists as ‘People of the Lie’ – they almost killed me.

    4. I’m an empath with extreme subtle energy sensitivity.

    5. I have precognitive dreams (very accurate, often involving death for others) and am very stressed by them.

    6. I occasionally hear voices – bilingual, informative, warning – never destructive.

    7. I can go into trance states and see what someone needs to heal – IT IS NEVER A PSYCHIATRIC DRUG. During my first trance state (drumming) I saw a figure in white coming toward me with an armful of flowers – a voice said they were for a friend. Up close the flowers were red clover. I have no experience with herbs but I did buy my friend a tincture. It took care of her menopausal symptoms.

    8. I once took a benzodiazepine under conditions of extreme exhaustion, caregiver stress and sleeplessness. I had ‘seen’ my mother’s death. She died three weeks later. I stopped the benzo – cold-turkey – and got the shakes. Those shakes were considered to be agitated depression and I was convinced to take an antidepressant. Things went downhill from there. In less than eight months I was given 30 different drugs, labeled with almost every condition in the DSM, forcibly hospitalized for 2 1/2 months, and forced to have 25 rounds of bilateral electroconvulsive therapy. I was told I was demented and psychotic, would be on pharmaceuticals for the rest of my life, and would be receiving weekly ECT for the rest of my life. And, I would not be going home, I would be going to an institution. I attended a support group. Each person had a different diagnosis but all were shuffling or tapping their feet. A pharmacist came to speak to the group. I asked about the foot movements. She said it was a drug side-effect – AKATHISIA. I left the room immediately, never returned for maintenance ECT, and tapered myself off the multitude of drugs I was on. The taper was horrific. I had been medicated to insanity because no one recognized akathisia. I never had agitated depression.

    9. I have 600 pages of medical notes and will be publishing some of them. I was ridiculed and mocked by at least a dozen psychiatrists and several social workers for ‘thinking’ I ‘saw’ things. When I tried to get help for withdrawing from drugs, seven psychiatrists refused to see me. Cowards.

    10. I met an elderly clairvoyant. He bellowed in rage: “What the hell happened to you? You were a totally healthy person and doctors have turned you into a piece of shit. There are nine holes in your energy field – all caused by pharmaceuticals. Your doctors should be jailed.” “You are much disintegrated.” He told me I could help people by telling my story.

    11. A very well-known healer and clairvoyant told me I had a beautiful energy field (thank God) but I look as if I ‘have been shocked’. So the result of ECT is visible to those who can ‘see’.

    12. I lost 25 years of memory. My boundaries were destroyed by ECT. It’s much more difficult to be around people and in a constant ‘pick-up’ state. I am not alone in this – many many shock survivors/experiencers are in the same situation but don’t realize why they feel horrible.

    13. And the women incarcerated with me and receiving ECT? What was wrong with them? A clairvoyant/intuitive look: thyroid problems, an inner ear problem, a kidney not filtering properly, a toxic chemical exposure (handling chemo agents), gluten intolerance – all good reasons for psychiatrists to ply them with antidepressants and then to shock them. Three are now dead. I will tell their stories.

    14. I’m still struggling – its been 13 years. I am caregiver to my husband whose heart reacted (similar to Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds) when told I was demented and never coming home.

    15. I have attended groups for voice-hearers – many are psychically open and don’t know it. Many are brilliant. Most are being drugged.

    16. I study. I write about nutrition and genetics. I promote orthomolecular medicine and energy psychology. I write about the work of Canadian orthomolecular psychiatrist Abram Hoffer who treated more than 5000 ‘schizophrenics’ with micronutrients and not pharmaceuticals. His new patients often cried when he asked them what they were going to do when they were well. No one had ever told them they could get well. They got the idea. I need to stay anonymous until I get my book finished. It’s a spiritual book with one very ugly chapter – ‘Iatrogenic Insanity’ .

    17. Drugs don’t heal people. People heal people. I hope soon to be able to support people having exceptional experiences and extreme states.

  • Thank you. I warned her – I warned her doctor – it was her first antidepressant – she wasn’t on it for long – a few weeks – the night before she took her own life she was talking to a friend about a scheduled dental implant. She was not intending to kill herself – she was intending to get on with her life. Her ashes were dealt with a few days ago. I feel exhausted. Will start on an article about prescripticide – the drug exists – the doctor made the decision to prescribe it – the doctor’s hand killed my friend.

  • For AA: Tomorrow’s agenda – cemetery – mausoleum – ashes – lawyer. When a close friend told her doctor that citalopram (Celexa) was making her suicidal her doctor told her it was impossible and upped the dose. I tried but couldn’t do anything to stop the events – the doctor is/was an acquaintance. I arranged for decontamination of her apartment after her decomposing and mummifying body was found and removed. What was left of her was a large thick stain on the floor and pieces of scalp and hair – forever in my memory. Too furious to grieve. Who best knows the effects of a drug than the person taking it? Certainly not the doctor. Thank God, AA, that you were non-compliant.

  • FDA warning, Health Canada warning, information from RxISK, her reaction to the drug (her first antidepressant -ignorantly given for a reaction to another drug) , her brother’s report about her change in behaviour almost immediately after she started taking the drug, the reports from her concerned friends, my own observations – I play goalie between people and the drugs doctors shoot at them. The comments of the coroner. The comments of the police. She most likely could not metabolize the drug. Needless death, and far too common. All people considered for psych drugs should be assessed for CYP450 status, see Yolande Lucire https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/pharmacological-iatrogenesis-substancemedicationinduced-disordersthat-masquerade-as-mental-illness-2161-1165-1000217.php?aid=69317

  • http://education.madinamerica.com/courses – hope this gets you to the Continuing Education Section where you will be able to view presentations by David Healy – Psychiatry Past and Present – and Peter Gotzsche – Why Few Patients Benefit from Psychiatric Medications. Wouldn’t hurt to view the presentation about nutrition by Bonnie Kaplan, either. Another thought: Abram Hoffer was a Canadian Orthomolecular psychiatrist who treated more than 5000 schizophrenics with micronutrients and not pharmaceuticals – most were restored to health. It is possible. And I’m off this week to a funeral for a victim of a psychiatric drug- induced death.

  • A close friend died recently of prescripticide – the coroner intends to look at all deaths in our province where the ssri citalopram was one of the pharmaceuticals involved. He himself stopped prescribing the drug to his patients when he saw the Health Canada warnings. My warnings to my friend and her doctor (who is/was an acquaintance) did no good. The police detective has made sure all the officers in his division are aware of the role of pharmaceuticals in suicide – the son of his close friend took his own life a few days after being put on an antidepressant. This is a first step.

  • Shaun F: one of my close friends just died from prescripticide – the drug citalopram could have caused sudden cardiac arrest but in her case it led to suicide. Her depression was the adverse effect of a drug given to her by her doctor for a condition which could have been treated with modification of diet and stress reduction techniques. Since you follow Mad in America you are most likely familiar with the website http://www.RxISK.org and its interaction feature.

  • During the Nov. 28 interview, DeGeneres referred to Coca-Cola as Fisher’s “drink of choice” after pointing out that the 60-year-old actress put the soda in her mug instead of coffee or tea. Fisher told the talk show host that she drank “maybe 16” Coca-Cola beverages daily.

    “But I don’t drink all of them. I start them, but then it starts to get warm. And then you have to get another one … They have to (have) that sharp, sharp cold taste,” she said.

    Fisher went on to say that her father, singer Eddie Fisher, was a representative for the brand in the 1950s.

    But the actress didn’t drink as much of the beverage during filming for “Star Wars,” when she lost weight for the role.

  • Don’t forget the ECT – people have flat-lined during ECT. I witnessed a woman being resuscitated post ECT. A young woman developed an erratic heart rate post ECT and died a few months later. A woman’s brain showed evidence of multiple mini-strokes – multiple – post ECT. Someone emailed that Carrie Fisher consumed 10 or so soft drinks a day – that itself is damaging – either the aspartame or the sugar. Trying to find the source – the Oprah show perhaps. Good article.

  • Thank you for this – look forward to your book. My journey to insanity started with a benzo taken for caregiver exhaustion and insomnia. After my mother died I stopped taking the benzo. Benzo withdrawal syndrome was not recognized and I was medicated for ‘agitated depression’ and then for every psychiatric diagnosis known to man. 35 different drugs in 8 months – and for having survived I was forced to have 25 rounds of bilateral ECT. Why did I continue to take drugs? – I would have done anything for relief for the horrendous agitation – now I know it to have been akathisia. I have been cleaning the apartment of a close friend who died a treatment-induced death. I warned her doctors – it did no good. Even the coroner admitted that while he no longer prescribes Celexa/citalopram, he can not scientifically prove it caused her death.

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  • Forcibly Treated – Anonymous

    By defying her doctors, withdrawing from pharmaceuticals, and refusing further electroconvulsive therapy; spontaneously and miraculously recovered from all psychiatric diagnoses and labels.

    Diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Dysthymia, Anhedonia, Agitated Depression, Major Depression, Personality Disorder, Major Depression with Agitation, Adjustment Disorder, Vegetative Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Psychotic Depression, Schizotypal Traits, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Somatization Disorder, Avoidant Personality Traits, Suicidal Ideation, Paranoid Ideation, and Dementia – all within eight months.

    Treated aggressively with 35 drugs in an 8-month period – no wash outs allowed:

    Ativan (Lorazepam), Rivotril (Clonazepam), Xanax (Alprazolam), Clonazepam (Rivotril), Valium (Diazepam), Celexa (Citalopram), Novo Pranolol (Propranolol), Amitriptyline (Elavil), Propranolol, Imovane (Zopiclone), Effexor (Venlafaxine), Lithium Carbonate (Lithium), Moclobemide (Manerix), Imovane (Zopiclone), Seroquel (Quetiapine), Wellbutrin (Bupropion), Imovane (Zopiclone), Nortriptyline (Aventyl), Nortriptyline (different strength), Perphenazine (Amitriptyline), Gabapentin (Neurontin), Ativan-sublingual (Lorazepam), Trazodone (Desyrel), Ritalin (Methylphenidate), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Oxycontin (Oxycodone), Methotrimeprazine (Nozinan), Paxil (Paroxetine), Remeron (Mirtazapine), Zyprexa (Olanzapine), Risperdal (Risperidone), Parnate (Tranylcypromine), Haldol (Haldoperidol), Aventyl (Nortriptyline), Cogentin (Benztropine), Loxapine, Chlorpromazine (Largactil), Starnoc (Zaleplon.)

    Described in medical records as rather bizarre, “walked throughout the appointment”, delusional, demented, self-absorbed, violently agitated, twitching, trembling, shaking, mumbling, muttering, groaning, moaning, pacing, toe-tapping, passively suicidal, having abnormal involuntary movements, and having a prolonged mental illness.

    Considered a poor candidate for psychotherapy.

    Described as ‘an excellent candidate for ECT.’ Detained for 2½ months and forced to undergo 25 anesthetics and 25 bilateral electroconvulsive ‘treatments.’

    Informed of the requirement for institutionalization; plus drugs and weekly maintenance ECT for the rest of her life.

    Threatened with libel and labeled paranoid by psychiatrists offended by her reports about being medicated to insanity.

    Author of the widely-shared internet documents An Open Letter to Doctors http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/an-open-letter-to-doctors/ and Iatrogenic Insanity http://www.cpso.co/iatrogenic_insanity.html

    This Kafkaesque scenario started with a benzodiazepine taken for bereavement-related exhaustion and insomnia. Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome followed, as did a diagnosing and prescribing frenzy, and akathisia. To this day, the doctors deny everything.

    THOSE WHO ONCE TOOK AN OATH TO DO NO HARM, WERE IGNORANT OF DRUG EFFECTS/SIDE EFFECTS/AVERSE EFFECTS, RECOGNIZED THEM AS PROOF OF ESCALATING MENTAL ILLNESS, MEDICATED THEM, AND EXPRESSED SATISFACTION AT HAVING ‘UNMASKED’ A LONG HIDDEN MENTAL ILLNESS.

    The damage is profound. Book in the works. Medical records will be published. Dedicated in part to the women who did not survive ECT.

    Thank you to PETER GØTZSCHE, MD

  • If I remember correctly it was Peter Breggin who said : ” People heal people, drugs don’t heal people.”
    ECT doesn’t heal people, either. It maims. For those who ‘see’, the results of drugs and ECT are visible in the human energy field. The result of emapathic therapy as practised by Peter Breggin is also visible in the human energy field. To heal = to make whole. Psychiatry (mainly) = to harm.

  • Well, I did take gluten out of the diet of a woman who heard voices and cut herself – she had been doing so for 15 years. Her life was the non-stop revolving doors of a psychiatric hospital. She stopped cutting and her ‘voices’ went to a minimal. She had no hospitalizations for a full year and was very happy – and for the first time in her life – to get a job. Bread went back into her diet at the suggestion of a doctor who was concerned about her not getting enough fibre – (there are other sources of fibre) – within a month she was back to hearing command voices and cutting herself and back to the hospital where she died after receiving ECT. She was barely over 30 years old.

  • Agreed. And if 10-12 aren’t enough, perhaps 25 so they would forget they ever heard of ECT.

    An MD wrote on his facebook page: “ECT causes brain damage. Bits and pieces of brain cells can be found in the CSF after “treatments”. Side effects include memory loss and numerous neurological abnormalities. It’s the creation of a concussion disguised as a treatment. It is utter unscientific rubbish that should be banned. Leave it to psychiatry to promote brain damage as a mental health benefit.”

    Unfortunately it is the standard of care.

  • Thank you Lauren. My identity as ‘amnesia’ says it all. Almost total amnesia for more than 20 years is the result of forced ECT and nothing else. In the 12 post-ECT years I have difficulty forming memories. I have notes stuck all over my walls to remind me what to do. ECT was an horrific procedure with catastrophic results. I wasn’t even depressed. I was in benzo withdrawal which no one recognize as such. My distress was taken for agitated depression and I was medicated to insanity – ‘dementia’ it says in my medical records.

  • Replying to Zeb: It’s sad story indeed – sad for everyone forced to undergo ECT – and sad for everyone who has to watch a family member go through ECT.

    With each of the 25 bilateral ‘treatments’ I thought I would die – either by electrocution or by lethal injection.

    My husband then collapsed with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome) which mimics a heart attack. The common triggers are extreme physical and emotional stress. He was misdiagnosed, improperly medicated, and his heart was severely damaged. I became his caregiver. I was told he would not live for long.

    My husband is still alive – not in the greatest shape – but alive. I am still his caregiver. I lived and still live in terror that he might die. I have total amnesia of 20+ years of my life. He was, and still is, custodian of my memories

    I think any psychiatrist who resorts to ECT should not be practicing medicine.

  • Are machines that cause brain damage safe?
    Are machines that leave a person with years of spontaneous seizures safe?
    Are machines that damage dental restorations safe?
    Are machines that create vitreous detachments safe?
    Are machines that create cardiac arrhythmia safe?
    Are machines that wipe out 20 years of memory safe?
    Are machines that make a person incapable of remembering what they read safe?
    Are machines that make a person unemployable safe?

    I was forced to submit to ECT 12 years ago. Since then every day has been a struggle. I take no drugs. I had a miraculous and spontaneous remission from all manner of psychiatric illness when I tapered myself off all psychiatric medications.

    I had never seen my husband cry. I am told he cried at an office Christmas party I had organized for years. I wasn’t there; I was a guest of our local psychiatric facility.

    I saw my husband cry a few years ago when a journalist asked him how he felt about my electroshock treatments. He had signed the consent forms when he was told it was my last and only hope.

    I wasn’t even depressed – not at the beginning anyway. I had taken a benzodiazepine for caregiver stress, burnout and insomnia. Not one idiot doctor (i.e. psychiatrist) recognized benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome and they proceeded to medicate me to insanity.

    I went to the psychiatric facility for help in withdrawing from the cascade of pharmaceuticals. I carried with me Peter Breggin’s book – ‘Your Drug May be Your Problem’. It didn’t help. I was seized, confined, and considered ‘an excellent candidate for ECT’.

    When I was younger I used to have my hair cut at Vidal Sassoon’s. The stylists used to ask me if my highlights were done at their salon. I told them ‘no’ – the highlights were done by the Italian sun.

    I now have permanent ‘highlights’ in my hair – pure white highlights – from the areas where the ECT machine fried my scalp. Hair stylists comment on how interesting they are. I don’t explain.

    ECT machines are dangerous and they are used by even more dangerous hands.

    Thank you Dr. Breggin

  • Thank you for the beautifully worded reminder. I, too, am alive because of that flame. For the most part psychiatry is devoid of love and never having experienced it, cannot comprehend it. In psychiatrist Michael Corry’s words :” I’d like to plunge a dagger into the heart of psychiatry, but I couldn’t find a heart.”

    “My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.” Alfred Lord Tennyson

    Had you not suffered, you would not have been able to help the thousands you have helped.

    God bless.

  • In response to Barry’s 2014 MIA article about benzos I posted approximately the following:

    A corner of a brown envelope with the words “KIND REGARDS” FROM: BARRY HASLAM – is on the bulletin board above my computer. It’s about ten years old.

    I was trying to withdraw from benzodiazepines and antipsychotics and antidepressants – but mainly benzodiazepines. There was no help anywhere. Seven doctors including psychiatrists and MD psychotherapists had refused to see me. I had been drugged to insanity – IATROGENIC INSANITY.

    The last words from the psychiatric facility where I had been forcibly held for two-and-a-half months: dementia, institutionalization, pharmaceuticals for the rest of my life, maintenance electroconvulsive therapy for the rest of my life.

    None of that came to be. I had to taper myself off drugs by myself. I don’t know how I got in touch with Barry. I don’t remember what he sent me, but every time I look at that little bit of envelope and the message, I get tearful.

    I share my story hoping that people will listen. Psychiatrists have not learned much. It all started with an ‘innocent’ benzo taken for insomnia related to caregiver burnout and bereavement. When I stopped the benzo a few months later, not one doctor recognized benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome.

    I’m in Canada.

    Thank you Barry.

  • Thank you Bonnie for ‘remembering’ Sue.

    Greg, I also unnecessarily received forced ECT because no one recognized benzodiazepine withdrawal – benzodiazepines I took at a time of caregiver stress, burnout and insomnia. I had no history of depression.

    The cascade of drugs given for benzodiazepine withdrawal , led to what was referred to as ‘dementia, agitated depression, and psychotic depression’. 35 drugs, 25 rounds of bilateral ECT – all in 8 months. Horrific. Thanks to ECT, I have no memory of that time. I do have notes, however. What I experience on a daily basis 12 years post ECT is even more horrific. My mind has been destroyed. I have loss of 20-30 years memory and I have frequent memory blanks and periods of helpless overwhelm when I dare think about what was done to me in the name of medicine.. The post-ECT spontaneous seizures I had for several years have stopped.

    I appreciate Healy’s work on psych drug harm, and even promote his webite RxISK – but he seems oblivious the harm caused by ECT – and his Shock co-author Ed Shorter needs to be muzzled for promoting ECT for children, teens and seniors.

  • Thank you Bonnie for writing THE book. Read to the end of this and you’ll see why I cross-posted to both you and Sean Blackwell.

    There is no place for psychiatry in spiritually transformative or exceptional experiences – perhaps no place for psychiatry anywhere. I had a spiritual ’emergency’ triggered by an encounter with a shaman. I exhibited no bizarre behaviour. I was not depressed. I was anxious and couldn’t sleep. When I did sleep, I had regular and highly accurate precognitive dreams. I took a benzodiazepine.

    When I stopped taking it, I started trembling and my sleep got worse. No one recognized benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome and I was diagnosed with agitated depression. I was treated aggressively with 35 different drugs in an eight-month period. I took them out of desperation – I would have done anything to stop the horrendous agitation I now know to be ‘akathisia’.

    Those who once took an oath to do no harm, were ignorant of drug effects/withdrawal effects/side-effects/adverse effects, recognized them as proof of escalating mental illness, medicated them, and expressed satisfaction at having ‘unmasked’ a long-hidden mental illness. I was described as an ‘excellent candidate for ECT’ and forced to have 25 rounds of bilateral ECT. The damage is profound. I have no memory of at least 25 years of my life, and live with neurological and cognitive problems – and clenched fists.

    An elderly clairvoyant’s words: “What the hell happened to you? You were a totally healthy person and doctors have turned you into a piece of shit. There are nine spaces in your energy field – all from pharmaceuticals. Your doctors should be jailed.” “You are in this mess because consciousness isn’t taught in schools. You are here to help people. You can help people by telling your story.”

    My book about consciousness, high sense perception, energy healing, and orthomolecular medicine is in the works. I will publish my medical records and the words doctors used to describe and ridicule me. I will tell the stories of the women who were hospitalized with me – some of whom were murdered by ECT. Most of them had no mental issues at all. Most of them had undiagnosed physical problems which had been treated with antidepressants, and the adverse effects of those antidepressants were then treated with ECT.

    Since when did thyroid problems, gluten intolerance, a kidney not filtering properly, an inner ear problem, an exposure to a toxic chemical , a vitamin B12 deficiency, adverse drug reactions …. become psychiatric disorders?

    I am anti-psychiatry – I have no choice. And yes, ECT does cause memory loss.
    Remember – energy sensitive people are exquisitely sensitive to pharmaceuticals.

    How about a website ‘Psychics Against Psychiatry’?

  • Cross-posted to articles by Bonnie Burstow and Sean Blackwell :

    There is no place for psychiatry in spiritually transformative or exceptional experiences – perhaps no place for psychiatry anywhere. I had a spiritual ’emergency’ triggered by an encounter with a shaman. I exhibited no bizarre behaviour. I was not depressed. I was anxious and couldn’t sleep. When I did sleep, I had regular and highly accurate precognitive dreams. I took a benzodiazepine.

    When I stopped taking it, I started trembling and my sleep got worse. No one recognized benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome and I was diagnosed with agitated depression. I was treated aggressively with 35 different drugs in an eight-month period. I took them out of desperation – I would have done anything to stop the horrendous agitation I now know to be ‘akathisia’.

    Those who once took an oath to do no harm, were ignorant of drug effects/withdrawal effects/side-effects/adverse effects, recognized them as proof of escalating mental illness, medicated them, and expressed satisfaction at having ‘unmasked’ a long-hidden mental illness. I was described as an ‘excellent candidate for ECT’ and forced to have 25 rounds of bilateral ECT. The damage is profound. I have no memory of at least 25 years of my life, and live with neurological and cognitive problems – and clenched fists.

    An elderly clairvoyant’s words: “What the hell happened to you? You were a totally healthy person and doctors have turned you into a piece of shit. There are nine spaces in your energy field – all from pharmaceuticals. Your doctors should be jailed.” “You are in this mess because consciousness isn’t taught in schools. You are here to help people. You can help people by telling your story.”

    My book about consciousness, high sense perception, energy healing, and orthomolecular medicine is in the works. I will publish my medical records and the words doctors used to describe and ridicule me. I will tell the stories of the women who were hospitalized with me – some of whom were murdered by ECT. Most of them had no mental issues at all. Most of them had undiagnosed physical problems which had been treated with antidepressants, and the adverse effects of those antidepressants were then treated with ECT.

    Since when did thyroid problems, gluten intolerance, a kidney not filtering properly, an inner ear problem, an exposure to a toxic chemical , a vitamin B12 deficiency, adverse drug reactions …. become psychiatric disorders?

    I am anti-psychiatry – I have no choice. And yes, ECT does cause memory loss.
    Remember – energy sensitive people are exquisitely sensitive to pharmaceuticals.

    How about a website ‘Psychics Against Psychiatry’?

  • I hope David Healy takes note of your comment and many of the comments which follow – his writing style is his own worst enemy – a magazine editor friend used to say that the first duty of a magazine is to be read – and so it is the duty of a blog/article. Healy makes it onerous. An ordeal. I read to be informed, not amused nor challenged.

  • Inspired by Nancy Rubenstein’s video – why I will be protesting electroshock on May 16th.

    It’s been 12 years since my last shock. Those who once took an oath to do no harm, maliciously and systematically destroyed my brain and nervous system. I have amnesia. More than 20 years of my life are missing. I also have anterograde amnesia – the loss of the ability to create new memories. I have cognitive impairment, optic nerve damage, tremors, diminished lung capacity, poor working memory and poor organizational skills. I function with a wall of ‘sticky note’ reminders. The spontaneous seizures and the vocal tics are gone. The cracked dental restorations have been replaced. Still, I no longer feel human. For years I lived with the fear that I would be somehow forced to return to the psychiatric hospital .

    I was held for 10 weeks, treated to 25 general anesthetics and 25 bilateral, grand mal seizures. I was told I would require institutionalization, medication for the rest of my life, and weekly maintenance electroshock treatments for the rest of my life. I did not go back for maintenance ECT and I gradually tapered myself off all psychiatric drugs.

    I had no history of ‘mental’ illness. I had insomnia from caregiver burnout when I accepted a benzodiazepine. It helped a bit at first, but then my sleep worsened and I became jittery. I stopped the benzo and felt horrible. I was told I had a mental illness. No one recognized withdrawal syndrome. It was called ‘Anxiety Disorder and Depression’.

    An antidepressant made me agitated and I developed a tremor. The diagnosis was ‘Major Depression with Agitation’. More antidepressants. The agitation became so severe that I lost my sleep entirely. Sleeping pills. ‘Adjustment Disorder’ followed. When I started twitching and shaking uncontrollably, I was given more sleeping pills – to be taken three times a day and at night. I fell asleep during an appointment and was told I had ‘Vegetative Depression’. When I was in constant motion, I was diagnosed with ‘Bipolar Disorder’. Psychiatrists then settled on ‘Psychotic Depression’. Antipsychotics. My body movements became chaotic. My face twitched, and my tongue darted in and out of my mouth.

    Psychiatrists gave me 35 different psychiatric drugs. They said they were ‘unmasking’ mental disorders. They treated the effects of pharmacy and polypharmacy with more polypharmacy. (Why did I accept all those drugs? I would have done anything, agreed to anything, and ingested anything to stop the horrendous agitation – it’s called ‘akathisia’ – but doctors considered it a symptom of my ‘mental’ illness.) I couldn’t stop moving. I was told I had ‘Dementia’.

    I went to a psychiatric facility for help in withdrawing from the drugs. I was kept there forcibly. I was told I had ‘Dissociative Identity Disorder’ and ‘Somatization Disorder’. My medical records state that I was ‘an excellent candidate for ECT.’

    Doctors were puzzled by my uncontrollable body movements. They used the best of modern medicine – a sleep study, an EEG, a CT scan, and an MRI. The cause of the agitation, however, was right in their own office, on their own desk – the prescription pad – the worst of modern medicine. I was given 35 drugs in an eight-month period, most in rapid succession in a four-month period. Monographs for the drugs show that all have similar adverse effects of agitation, insomnia, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Many have ‘black box’ warnings.

    I have been drug-free for many years and see no psychiatrists. I had a spontaneous recovery from every label I had been given when I withdrew from the pharmaceuticals. I live in terror of those who forgot they once took an oath to do no harm. If I met any one of them on the street, I would not recognize them. They stole my memory.

    My story may be extreme but it’s typical. I will be there on May 16th in memory of three women incarcerated with me who did not survive ECT.

  • Thank you MIA, Bonnie and Julia for keeping the nutrition story going. Jill, the story about what not to eat deserves equal, if not more, attention. Unfortunately most psych survivors are reluctant to listen.

  • My first two comments on this topic are at the very end of the page – it seems no one noticed them.

    I am ‘iffy’ about shamanism because I was attacked by someone who had shamanic training and was using it for evil – for making telepathic suggestions to his patients to pay him more money and to bring him more clients – and it’s working – his clients get well and then he makes them sick so they come back to him. He also drains energy from his clients. I had the good fortune or misfortune to be able to ‘see’ him and ‘hear’ him – when he realized I knew what he was doing, all hell broke loose.

    Many people tried to help me. One person stands out – a clergyman (who also has a degree in physics). We met by synchronicity at a conference on healing. I told him I had a physics, philosophy and religion deficiency. He said he could help me with that. And he did. He taught me how to pray. He started a group at his church where people could talk about the things people don’t usually talk about in church. The outdoor church sign read: OBEs and NDEs. He used to make Therapeutic Touch and other forms of energy healing available at the church – and practices them himself. He’s long retired. I saw him last at a meeting of the Society for Scientific Exploration.

    I’m about to contact Jeffrey Rediger – Master of Divinity (1989) MD (1997) instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

    I write about the role of trauma, nutrition and epigentics in ‘mental’ illness – under my own name – also about energy healing . I need to remain anonymous re my psychiatric history for a little longer.

    Psychiatry mainly results in suffering. People heal people, drugs don’t heal people.

  • Sent for a consult/second opinion with an esteemed/famous psychiatrist – I’d already been given a number of DSM labels. Here’s how’spiritually unevolved he was (excerpts from the consult letter too the referring psychiatrist) :

    ” I could not elicit any history of auditory hallucinations or indeed hallucinations of any type, nor could I obtain a history of any delusional ideation beyond the prophetic dreams.”

    “I could not elicit any history of bipolar disorder.”

    “I did not have any sense that there was any thought disorder or any delusional content.

    “I could not find any evidence of psychosis.” “Indeed if she is presenting a history reliably the psychotic symptomology would essentially arise within the context of the ‘precognitive dreams’ she describes.”

    “There is no clear Axis ll diagnosis thought I would wonder about schizotypal traits”

    Is there hope for psychiatry?

  • I had a spiritual emergency. I had no history of mental illness and I was taking no drugs. I did not exhibit any bizarre behaviour but I did become severely stressed.

    The atrocities subsequently inflicted upon me by psychiatry almost took my life, erased 20 years of my memory, and left me neurologically and cognitively impaired.

    An encounter with a naturopath with shamanic training pulled the rug and the floorboards from under my feet. I was in awe, shock, horror and terror when I saw his life-size spectral image suspended over me one night. I could hear his telepathic suggestions. I knew it wasn’t a dream but I didn’t know what was it was. I had never heard of out-of-body states and had no idea I could ‘see’ them. I have always been very sensitive and have had many experiences with anomalous cognition. I was traumatized and started having precognitive dreams – usually involving death. They were always accurate. I had difficulty sleeping. I agreed to take a benzodiazepine and initially it was beneficial. I took it intermittently until I had a dream about my mother’s death. I knew she was going to have a stroke – no one believed me. I then took the benzodiazepine every day until her death (of a stroke) three weeks later.

    After her death I started trembling. I connected the trembling to the benzo and stopped taking it. The tremors became worse and I was diagnosed with agitated depression. No one recognized benzo adverse and withdrawal effects. What followed was 8 months of a drugging frenzy/cascade with more than 30 different drugs, a two-and-a-half month forced stay in a psychiatric facility (where I had gone for help in withdrawing from drugs) and 25 sessions of forced bilateral electroconvulsive therapy. (I’ve told parts of my story many times on the pages of MIA.) Psychiatrists told me I was demented, that I had psychotic depression, that I would require pharmaceuticals and ECT for the rest of my life, and that I would be going to an institution. The only thing I did have was Iatrogenic Insanity.

    My husband collapsed when I returned home with my memory erased; when he saw me falling to the floor, spasming, and frothing at the mouth with spontaneous seizures. His heart couldn’t take it. He had never missed a day of work or school for illness in the first 60 years of his life. Now he had serious heart problems. I tapered myself off all drugs and did not go back for maintence ECT – I couldn’t go – I had an invalid husband to look after.

    A surgeon with shamanic training wrote: ” The thought comes to affirm you for your recognition of the fact that many people haven’t a clue as to what you see. … the most effective way is to recognize the blank expression in their eyes before they put it there and stand away from them with the information before it causes them the pain of confusion.”

    An elderly clairvoyant bellowed the first time we met: “What the hell happened to you?!!! You were a totally healthy person and doctors have turned you into a piece of shit. There are nine spaces in your energy field – all because of drugs. Your doctors should all be jailed. You are in this mess because consciousness isn’t taught in schools. You are here to help people and you can help people by telling your story. ”

    I will tell my story. I am uniquely suited to writing about the depravity that is psychiatry. I will dedicate my book to the dozen or so women incarcerated with me – most of them without mental problems – at least not until the first drug went in . They were receiving ECT for undiagnosed thyroid conditions, gluten intolerance, B12 deficiency, kidney not filtering properly, childhood head injury, toxic chemical exposure, inner ear problem, adverse drug reactions, etc. etc. SICK. Three of the women are dead – victims of psychiatry.

    I look forward to publishing my medical records. I still have precognitive dreams. I’m still not comfortable with them but I have been able to save lives, including my husband’s.

    Readers might be interested in IONS http://noetic.org/, ISSSEEM http://www.issseem.org/, SSE http://www.scientificexploration.org/, Monroe Institute https://www.monroeinstitute.org/, Rhine Research Center http://www.rhine.org/, Robert Moss http://www.mossdreams.com/, Larry Burk MD http://www.letmagichappen.com/ Larry Burk often makes his book available at no cost through Amazon.

  • I may be ranting – I’m leafing through an absolutely disgusting book – Each Day I Like it Better – by Amy Lutz who is promoting ECT for autism – and the ‘treatment of our most impaired children’. Pediatric ECT.

    ” …. afterwards, he wound up in the hospital for three days with fever, confusion, and chest pain. Emergency room doctors suspected he had developed neuroleptic malignant syndrome from combining the general anesthesia he was administered during ECT with all the medications he was already taking. (The child however was calm.!!!!) Then he got worse than he had been before. The second time he also had neuroleptic malignant syndrome – “Doctors agreed that his medications hadn’t been discontinued early enough before the administration of general anesthesia, causing a dangerous reaction”

    And then I stopped leafing thorough the book.

    How many pharmaceuticals are the elderly already taking? How many anesthetics and jolts to the brain can they take?

  • Before I fell into the clutches of the facility which considered me ‘an excellent candidate for ECT’ I sought help/second opinion from the head of psychiatry at a local hospital. He thought my problems were trauma-based and felt that medications should be withdrawn. He communicated this to the psychiatrist who had been doing the prescribing. That psychiatrist disagreed, but did let me stop one of the meds – cold turkey. I felt immediately worse – (withdrawal effect) – and that was proof that I needed to be on medication. That’s when I went to the main psych facility and they decided I needed forced ECT.

    Eight years later I went back to see the psychiatrist who had recommended that drugs be withdrawn. He was not useful but he did tell me I was a “survivor”. I learned that most of the people who receive ECT at his hospital are women in their eighties!!!!

    These people must be stopped – SOMEHOW.

  • I was diagnosed with dementia, agitated depression, psychotic depression and most afflictions listed in the DSM and was forced to have ECT by the facility where I had gone for help in withdrawing from pharmaceuticals (30+ in 8 months).

    I had cold-turkeyed off a benzodiazepine, became tremulous, was diagnosed with agitated depression, given and anti-depressant, developed akathisia – which was then taken for psychotic depression. A drugging frenzy followed – including sleeping pills given 3 times a day to control the drug-induced agitation – and so did 25 rounds of brain-damaging ECT.

    700 pages of medical records retrieved from the psychiatric facility – very disturbing – “Left and right mandible pain post ECT – nausea – gravol” “moderately confused post ECT” “ongoing suicide risk due to ongoing agitation” “memory poor” “shooting pains in head – muscle cramps in legs” “Allen Cognitive Level – completed first part without difficulty – in the second part she had difficulty problem solving and learning and remembering new information (which is consistent with the current side effect of ECT ” NB – that was written in my records by a social worker!!!! “accessing entrance to building and checking mailbox done with difficulty” “looked for items as if she did not remember where they were located” “her questions are repeatedly same, has quite a bit of amnesia from ECT” NB – again written in my file after a home visit with social worker prior to discharge.

    I got out, withdrew from all meds, and did not go back for maintenance ECT. Everything was caused by pharmacy and polypharmacy and IGNORANCE. Ten years later I still have cognitive difficulties and am missing at least 20 years of memory/memories.

    Surviving and publishing my medical records will be the best revenge. In the words on an MD friend: “ECT is always malpractice”

  • “Lack of insight” – that would be an affliction of most of the psychiatric profession.

    35 drugs, 25 rounds of forced ECT – all within 8 months. Why? An adverse reaction to a benzodiazepine taken at a time of great stress. A prescribing cascade followed and a diagnosis of dementia. 7 psychiatrists refused to see me. Tapered off on my own. It was hell. Ten years later obviously still alive and not taking pharmaceuticals, not in an institution, not receiving weekly maintenance ECT – as was prescribed and predicted for me. “Lack of insight’ indeed.

    We can demand help for drug withdrawal – but who’s going to provide it?

  • Here is ‘Iatrogenic Insanity”s story on Youtube as part of a series:”Watch the Stories of Harm the American Psychiatric Association Refused to Hear: Lee’s Story” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S83aAvWoJMk . This video and eight others were the initiative of psychotherapist and author Paula Caplan. This one goes from one drug given for exhaustion/ insomnia from caregiver stress, to 30+ drugs plus 25 rounds of ECT in 8 months, and the diagnosis of dementia. The final verdict: institutionalization, pharmaceuticals for life, weekly maintenance ECT for life. WRONG.

    I wish Elizabeth Kenny had mentioned here how she got rid of her ovarian cysts – it wasn’t by conventional medicine and pharmaceuticals.

  • UGANDA – FROM MENTAL HOSPITAL TO MEDICAL SCHOOL

    Excerpt from TIME Magazine July 2006 article “Calling All Healers”: Yahaya Sekagya ….. his history was shaped by medical trauma. As a teenager he was consigned to a mental hospital for visions he says were calling him to traditional medicine. “It was misdiagnosed and misunderstood by Western medicine,” says Sekagya, 43. Although he ended up going to medical school–more out of contrariness than conviction – he also spent six years studying at a medicine man’s shrine. Now he’s the director of the Ugandan chapter of Prometra, a Senegal-based advocacy group promoting traditional medicine. Sekagya runs an outdoor school in a forest south of Kampala. About 100 students gather weekly under a leafy canopy. Instructors line up herbs on a thin wooden table cut from a single log. Along with the basics of hygiene and anatomy, students learn the identification and uses of local plants. Meanwhile, spiritualists chant, dance and drum to call down spirits and consult them for cures.

    While Sekagya concedes that modern medicine is better at blood transfusions, rehydration and aligning compound fractures, he insists that traditional ways should not be dismissed simply because they are not understood. “A Western yardstick is the wrong yardstick to regulate traditional medicine,” he says. He is also worried that expensive modern medicines may be smothering local knowledge, leaving the country dependent on foreign drugs and funding. “ARVs are not curing AIDS. They are improving the quality of life,” Sekagya says. “Some traditional practices are doing the same. What attention are we giving to that? And if we come with ARVS and flood the whole system, will we lose those traditions?” Uganda’s medical establishment recognizes that ….. they need to listen to the Sekagyas. Thus, the Ministry of Health is drafting a policy to regulate healers, and the Makerere University Medical School in Kampala is teaching students to respect traditional medicine – if only to learn what potions their clients are taking. “They are not going to control the behavior of their patients,” says Samuel Luboga, deputy dean of education. “But by being hostile, they can prevent themselves from finding out.

    STAND AWAY FROM THEM WITH THE INFORMATION BEFORE IT CAUSES THEM THE PAIN OF CONFUSION.

    An American surgeon trained in shamanism wrote to me: “I appreciate that you are so sensitive to the essence of people, especially those whose existence is under great stress. ….. You do have gifts that set you outside the norm, but The Mystery reveals Itself in such people, though their struggle may be great. The thought comes to affirm you for your recognition of the fact that many people haven’t a clue as to what you see. We talked about that in a HOPE group meeting yesterday and agreed that the most effective way was to recognize the blank expression in their eyes before they put it there and stand away from them with the information before it causes them the pain of confusion.

    YOU ARE IN THIS MESS BECAUSE CONSCIOUSNESS ISN’T TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS.

    The words of a Soviet-trained psychic the first time we met: “What the hell happened to you. You were a totally healthy person and doctors have turned you into a piece of shit. There are nine spaces in your energy field – all because of drugs. Your doctors should be jailed. You are in this mess because consciousness isn’t taught in schools. Your are here to help people and you can help people by telling your story.”

    Should you be in spiritual crisis never ever ever turn to a psychiatrist. They know only the DSM and pharmaceuticals. They are spiritually unevolved.

  • Brilliant. And, no, don’t tell the psychiatrists.

    I have precognitive dreams. I am often stressed by the ones which show death or disaster. I wake up with solar plexus spasms. I took a benzodiazepine to help with sleep after I saw my mother’s (unexpected) death. I had adverse and withdrawal effects which were taken for mental illness and I was drugged to insanity and forced to have electroshock. I kept accepting the drugs because I would have done almost anything to stop the drug-induced agitation – akathisia. I was told I would be on drugs and weekly maintenance ECT for the rest of my life and would require institutionalization. WRONG.

    I am now writing a book about consciousness and will include some of my medical records.

    Here’s what one consulting psychiatrist wrote to another : ” I had difficulty eliciting any psychotic symptoms. She does, however, endorse what she describes as ‘precognitive dreams.’ When listening to three or four of these in sequence, it became quite clear to me that there was indeed a logical connection between the dream content and the subsequent life events though only in a general way and at times vague way. ” (My dreams are generally quite precise.) The psychiatrist continues: “I am not entirely convinced that this is not a product of her own bent towards non-traditional and spiritual treatments. For example, she has worked as a practitioner of therapeutic touch. I could not elicit any history of auditory hallucinations or indeed hallucinations of any type, nor could I obtain a history of any delusional ideation beyond the prophetic dreams.” And more: “If she is presenting a history reliably, the psychotic symptomology would essentially arise within the context of the “precognitive dreams” she describes.” “There is no clear Axis ll diagnosis though I would wonder about schizotypal traits. ”
    Those are the words of a psychiatrist esteemed by his colleagues.

    The ‘spirits’ have already helped me save lives and I hope will guide me through my book.

    Good to have connected with you.

  • Thank you for stressing the importance of nutrition in mental health. Please write about MTHFR – and folate vs folic acid, CYP450, pyroluria/pyrrole disorder. People are suffering needlessly when a little nutritional tweaking would make all the difference.

    Psychiatrist James Greenblatt tests all his patients for MTHFR.

    Canadian medical geographer Harold Foster was reversing the symptoms of AIDS with micronutrients and not pharmaceuticals. He was denied a clinical trial in Canada. An American doctor with a similar formula meant to supplement pharmaceuticals was, of course, granted a trial.. Foster’s formula was meant to free people from their drug cocktails. Foster died approximately five years ago.

  • Ralph Waldo Trine 1897 (In Tune With the Infinite):

    “A physician goes to see a patient. He gives no medicine this morning. Yet the very fact of his going makes the patient better. He has carried with him the spirit of health; he has carried brightness of tone and disposition; he has carried hope into the sick chamber; he has left it there. In fact the very hope and cheer he has carried with him has taken hold of and has had a subtle but powerful influence upon the mind of the patient; and this mental condition imparted by the physician has in turn its effects upon the patient’s body, and so through the instrumentality of this mental suggestion the healing goes on.”

    “The method that has as its work the application of drugs, medicines and external agencies is the artificial method. The only thing that any drug or any medication can do is to remove obstruction, that the life forces may have simply a better chance to do their work. The real healing process must be performed by the operation of the life forces within.”

    “For generations past the the most important influence, the life principle itself, has remained an unconsidered element in the medical profession, and the almost exclusive drift of its studies and remedial paraphernalia has been confined to the action of matter over mind. This has seriously interfered with the evolutionary tendencies of the doctors themselves, and consequently the psychic factor in professional life is still in a rudimentary or comparatively undeveloped state.”

    “Drugs don’t heal people; people heal people” Peter Breggin 2014

  • I want Dr. Breggin to see this. I have posted parts of my story on MIA previously.

    I had no history of mental illness when I took a benzo for caregiver burnout and bereavement-related insomnia. I cold-turkeyed off the benzo when I realized I was addicted. Here’s the result:

    Last night I dreamed I was in the shock room again. I heard them call my name and say: “They’re waiting for you.”

    Only in my dreams do I remember what happened in that shock room. Only from my notes can I ‘remember’ what happened in that shock room. Twenty years of memory are totally missing. Memory of the last ten years is sporadic.

    I look down at the gnarl of blood vessels on the back of my left hand as I type. Sometimes it hurts. It’s as if the tissue is frightened. That’s where the intravenous went in 25 times. Twenty-five anesthetics and 25 rounds of bilateral electroconvulsive therapy were forced on me during the 10 weeks I was held in a psychiatric institution. I went there for help in getting off drugs.

    I carried a copy of Peter Breggin’s book ‘Your Drug May Be Your Problem’ but that was dismissed. I was considered ‘an excellent candidate for ECT’ and I was seized. I ‘remember’ the assembly line of gurneys. I shook from terror as I looked up at the cold, matter-of-fact faces around me. I wondered if there would be anything left of my brain when they were finished with me. I thought I was going to die. I ‘remember’ the stench of the rubber mask over my face, the IV going into my hand and then, as the anaesthetic hit, merciful oblivion. And later, the blood in my mouth and the violent headaches.

    I didn’t know where I was. I didn’t know why I was there. When I was ‘released’ I could not find my way home. I could not find my way around the city I had lived in for 30 years. I didn’t know how to find nor open my mailbox. I didn’t go back for the ‘weekly maintenance ECT’ that I was told would be required for the rest of my life and I tapered myself off all the drugs I was told would be required for the rest of my life.

    Not one doctor had recognized benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. They decided I had agitated depression and decided to medicate me to insanity – which they did with 35 different drugs in 8 months. I had adverse reactions to each drug – the adverse reactions were seen as escalating mental illness. Why did I continue to take the drugs? I would have done anything to stop the horrendous agitation. Later, when I was given sleeping pills three times a day (for agitation) and once at night (for sleep), I was just in a stupor – which was then seen as another form of advanced depression.

    Ten years later the ECT-induced legs tremors persist. The ECT-induced irregular heart rate is still with me. The ECT-induced parkinsonism has diminished. The vision in my right eye is still clouded — as it was when I woke up after one ECT session. The dental restorations which were broken have been repaired. I still can’t breathe properly. I can’t remember things. At home I have covered one wall with cork board so I can pin up the notes that remind me of what I am supposed to be doing and when. I used to have a fine mind, a photographic memory, and I multitasked with ease. Most of my friends are gone. I was too much for them, and they weren’t enough for me.

    If I met any of my doctors on the street I would not recognize them. They stole my memory. I live in terror of those who once took an oath to do no harm. Every single day is an ordeal. I will continue to tell my story so others may learn.

    Thank you Dr. Breggin and may there be many more of your articles in Mad in America.

  • The lady given the Seroquel was close to 90. She did develop a heart rhythm problem and was given Amiodarone for it – no – a cardiologist was not consulted.
    The family doctor did all the prescribing. She was moved to a nursing home where an aghast doctor discontinued the amiodarone because it was not needed — not then and not ever. It’s a heavy duty heart drug. The doctor is still practicing, of course.

  • I just shared this with a friend who was given ‘something for sleep’ after his wife died. He called, frightened when his legs started vibrating non-stop and he couldn’t sleep at all. When I explained what was happening, he stopped – cold turkey. He started drinking heavily to cope with the withdrawal effects. He’s now home from rehab, but not drug-free. His doctors insist he needs them.

    I shared with another friend, daughter of our elderly next door neighbour. The daughter showed me the script that her mother’s doctor had given ‘to ‘help her sleep’. It was Seroquel. “Please don’t give that to your mother.” She did. The ambulance came during the night – just one dose!’ Eventually the mother died of physician-assisted death by prescription pad.

  • Fred, Duane, Michael: http://hopehealing.org/ptsd-soul-loss/ Ken Hamilton MD and H.O.P.E.

    http://www.rhine.org/what-we-do/psychic-experiences-group.html. The Rhine has PEG groups in several cities in the US and helps people having exceptional experiences stay away from psychiatry. I was at a conference at the Rhine a few years ago, sitting next to a psychic medium who said she makes the sign of the cross whenever she sees a doctor coming. I would run in the opposite direction.

  • Thank you Michael for your article and video. I am sharing and sharing. I have so much to say, but really haven’t said it until now – until I saw your post. I am retraumatizing myself somewhat by sharing but it needs to be done. What just flashed through my mind was that I was given sleeping pills three times a day and once at night to control the agitation caused by pharmaceuticals and then I was diagnosed with a psychotic stupor. Your video was wonderful – grounding and healing. I have no idea how or why I survived – perhaps it is to warn others. At times I feel truly sorry for the person – me- who went through all that psychiatric abuse.

  • Excellent, excellent video. Already shared with the mother of a young man who used LSD and became psychotic.

    I’m sharing a rather lengthy narrative of my own spiritual ’emergency’ which went very, very wrong at the hands of psychiatry.

    Michael, we met in Toronto. I told you that I intended to start a website Psychics Against Psychiatry. I didn’t tell you that I was forced to have 25 rounds of ECT – electroconvulsive therapy. I have no memory of at least 20 years of my life, and live with neurological and cognitive problems – and clenched fists.

    There is no place for psychiatry in spiritually transformative or exceptional experiences.

    It all started with a ‘bump in the night’. A doctor recommended a naturopath because I had lingering adverse effects of a cluster of immunizations. Apparently he was ‘one of the best.’ He told me he would ‘clear my field.’ I had no idea what he was talking about.

    That night as I was dreaming about my closest friend, I had the sensation of being in the naturopath’s office and I could ‘hear’ what he was thinking/suggesting. Almost immediately his life-size spectral image was suspended above me. I felt as if I were in a sand storm and something egg-shaped lifted/pulled from my body. I knew it wasn’t a dream. I thought he had killed me. I was in awe, shock, horror and terror. I wanted to bash my head against the headboard to get rid of his image. When I told my husband, he told me not to tell any of our friends because they would think I was crazy. (Curiously, my elderly mother called in the morning and said she didn’t know what had happened to her during the night, but she felt drained of all energy.)

    I did not return to the office of the ‘low-flying naturopath’ although he continued to hound me and I was terrified. I could ‘hear’ him during the night suggesting I would feel better if I came back. Often I could sense his presence.

    I was introduced to a psychiatrist who had a support group for people who’d had Near Death Experiences and other spiritually transformative experiences. Some were also in great pain from car accidents.

    “No, you are not crazy. You didn’t believe in ghosts and then you saw one. Haven’t you thought about these things before?” He gave me a list of books to read – Near Death Experiences, out-of-body states, clairvoyance, shamanism, etc. He also prescribed an anti-psychotic which I didn’t tolerate and took for only a few days. He prescribed drugs to all his patients. I agreed to a benzodiazepine which I took from time to time to help with sleep. I didn’t stay in his practice for long.

    I started having precognitive dreams – sometimes about disasters – usually about death of acquaintances or their parents – people I had some connection with, even if very distant. My husband tired of being woken up to be told who was going to die next, would just roll over and go back to sleep. I would be up for the rest of the night – often I popped a benzo. I was 100% accurate. Death usually came 2-3 weeks later – most of these deaths were unexpected.

    I learned Therapeutic Touch and other energy healing modalities and helped many people. I often had dreams about my ‘clients.’ I’d know when they needed a bed pan and the nurses weren’t listening.

    About 10 years ago, on Dec 6, I had a dream of my mother’s funeral. I woke my husband and told him my mother was going to die. A few minutes later my mother called and said she had very bad pain in her arm. I called an intuitive friend and we went to see my mother. My friend ‘heard’ stroke. My mother’s doctor did not believe me and gave my mother an antidepressant off-label for pain. I spent the rest of the day supporting a hospitalized friend. In the evening I was hostess at a corporate Christmas party for 60 people. That night I took a benzo.

    My mother came to ‘visit’ me at night several times before her death of a stroke – a stroke which might have been averted. She spent a day in the hospital. I did Therapeutic Touch and held her hand until she died. Then I offered Therapeutic Touch to the distresssed lady in the next bed who was scheduled for surgery at 8 am. She fell asleep. I went home. It was midnight, Christmas Eve. I took a benzo.

    I took more low-dose benzos for a few months and quit when my hands started tremoring. I realized I was hooked. I had the shakes – that got me diagnosed with agitated depression.

    Here’s how the story continues – variations have previously appeared on Mad in America.

    Those who once took an oath to do no harm, were ignorant of drug effects/withdrawal effects/side-effects/adverse effects, recognized them as proof of escalating mental illness, medicated them, and expressed satisfaction at having ‘unmasked’ a long-hidden mental illness.

    I was treated aggressively with 35 drugs in an 8-month period – no wash outs allowed. Why did I continue to take drugs? I would have done anything to stop the horrendous agitation which I now know to be akathisa. Eventually, I was prescribed to insanity. I was afraid that I would kill myself and at the same time afraid that I wouldn’t kill myself. I was too much for my friends and they weren’t enough for me – and they all disappeared.

    I was considered a poor candidate for psychotherapy and described as ‘an excellent candidate for ECT.’ I was detained for 2½ months and forced to undergo 25 anesthetics and 25 bilateral electroconvulsive ‘treatments.’ I had gone to the psychiatric facility for help in withdrawing from drugs!!!!

    I was informed that I would require institutionalization; plus drugs and weekly maintenance ECT for the rest of my life. I defied my doctors. I withdrew from all pharmaceuticals. I refused further electroconvulsive therapy. And I miraculously recovered from all psychiatric diagnoses and labels. The remaining damage is profound.

    Viktor and Christine – both clairvoyants – the two most caring and helpful people in my life are both dead. What they had to say is significant:

    Viktor: “What the hell happened to you? You were a totally healthy person and doctors have turned you into a piece of shit. There are nine spaces in your energy field – all from pharmaceuticals. Your doctors should be jailed.” “You are in this mess because consciousness isn’t taught in schools. You are here to help people. You can help people by telling your story.”

    Christine: “This is tragic. The naturopath (with shamanic training) was able to get into your field because he could see the space caused by the immunizations. Had the immunizations not been given all at once, your field would not have been damaged.”

    Another clairvoyant: “You have a beautiful field – but you look as if you have been shocked. “

    Viktor worked out my tapering schedule. My book is in the works. I will publish my medical records and the words the doctors used to describe and ridicule me. Yes, ridicule. I still have precognitive dreams – half symbolic, half remote-viewing. And I still have whopping PTSD – and flashbacks of ECT.

    I suspect that if I could resolve the PTSD, the nature of my dreams would change. My dreams, however, alerted me to a medication error which was stopping my husband’s heart, and his life was saved.

    I have yet to meet a truly compassionate psychiatrist – not one. Actually there was one – Canadian orthomolecular psychiatrist Abram Hoffer (1917-2009) – we corresponded. He never knew I had psychiatric history. In his last recorded interview two weeks before his death he closed with the comment that “all psychiatrists should be transported to Mars – we’d be better off without them.”

    In Peter Breggin’s words: “Drugs don’t heal people; people heal people.”

    Energy sensitive people are often exquisitely sensitive to pharmaceuticals. Be careful!

    I am anti-psychiatry – I have no choice. I’ll be telling the stories of the women who were hospitalized with me. Most of them had no mental issues at all. Most of them had undiagnosed or misdiagnosed physical issues which had been treated with antidepressants and the adverse effects of those antidepressants were then treated with ECT.

    And that, readers, is psychiatry.

  • Final note – when the diagnosis of dementia came and then the news that I would be going to an institution and would require drugs and maintenance ECT for the rest of my life – I gave away many of my most cherished possessions – I would have no need for them. Sometimes I see them on photographs and wonder where they went – I don’t remember.

    Psychiatry is truly disgusting. ECT-free for 10+ years, drug-free for a little less. Withdrawal was hell. Writing will be the best revenge.

  • Answering ‘truth’

    Agreed, no one should be allowed to do this to another human being.

    Yes, the doctors should have been prosecuted and sent to prison – that is if they were still alive after being forced to take 35 drugs and 25 ECTs. I would really like them to know what it all feels like. A psychiatrist who heard my story apparently had asked if I were still alive.

    Did I get help with trauma or disability or spontaneous seizures? NO! Seven doctors refused to see me. Each one had a different excuse. The oath the doctors took was not the Hippocratic Oath – it was the Oath of Silence. Do no harm to your cronies, no matter how much harm they do to their patients. Make sure no one learns about mistakes. Make sure no one will ever learn from mistakes. That’s why patients have to share their stories.

    My book is slowly assembling itself. It’s a book about consciousness – not an anti-psychiatry book. The chapter about psychiatry will be very ugly.

    People who can ‘see’ the human energy field can ‘see’ the damage done by drugs and by ECT.
    Three intuitives who met me for the first time commented:

    1. “What the hell happened to you! You were a totally healthy person and doctors have turned you into a piece of shit. There are nine ‘holes’ in your energy field – all caused by drugs. Your doctors should be jailed. You are so very disintegrated and broken.”

    2. “You have a beautiful energy field – but you look as if you have been shocked.”

    3. “This is tragic. You are more normal than the people shocking you – and smarter, too. You are very strong – you will recover.”

    The first of the intuitives worked out a tapering schedule for me.

    I’m still very traumatized.

  • Abram Hoffer MD used to say that people are entitled to their own opinions but not their own truth.

    Commenting on ECT is extremely painful for me. Post ECT I couldn’t even recognize some of my godchildren. I knew them as children but didn’t know who they were 20 years later. Those years are missing for me. I didn’t see them grow up.

    I went to visit my oldest closest friend. I commented on the new addition to her house. She told me it had been there for 17 years and for most of those 17 years I had visited her for Thanksgiving very year. Benzodiazepines didn’t do that – ECT did.

  • Further – Linda Andre (Doctors of Deception ) once said to me she didn’t know if it was worse not to be able to have a life because of ECT or to have had a life and not remember any of it because of ECT.

    I just read David Healy’s Aug 2008 defence of ECT article ‘ Shock and Panic’ in Project Syndicate.
    WRONG!. I made part of my living with my cameras. Post ECT I couldn’t figure out how they worked. Eventually I sold them – perspective control lens and all. I now have a point and shoot and rarely take photos. The boxes of photos I do have, tell me exactly what I did for the 20 years that are totally missing from my life. Painful. Taking a benzodiazepine for a very short period in my life did not cause the memory loss nor the loss of my ability to use my cameras. ECT did.

  • I described my ECT experience earlier in this series of posts. I carried Peter Breggin’s book “Your Drug May be Your Problem” to many psychiatrists and from my medical records I see that I had even told them about David Healy’s drug study with 20 healthy volunteers. Healy had to cut the study short as many became very sick, even suicidal. I was dismissed by every psychiatrist. That was 10 years ago. Had any of my doctors been aware of Healy’s work the outcome for me would have been quite different. I was the ‘healthy volunteer’ for ECT. I promote his website http://www.RxISK.org every day. I want RxISK to become a household word. There are too many victims of bad psychiatric prescribing. There will be a time when Healy and I will have “the ECT discussion.” He knows who I am. If you intend to burn his books, burn only the ‘Shock’ book. I couldn’t read it.

  • And what about the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm? For psychiatrists it was certainly easy to forget. Back to the great Canadian orthomolecular psychiatrist Abram Hoffer (1917-2009) who was appalled by the degrading levels to which healthcare could shrink, and remarked a few weeks before his death that “all psychiatrists should be exported to Mars – we’d be better off without them.”

  • I refused. My husband was coerced into signing the form when he was told ECT was the only hope for me. He paid dearly for that signature. When he saw his formerly bright, articulate, energetic, trendy, slender wife return as a cognitively impaired, confused, lethargic, bloated amnesiac who frothed at the mouth when she had spontaneous seizures; he was hospitalized with takotsubo cardiomyopathy – better known as ‘ broken heart syndrome’.

    And the others incarcerated with me? ‘A’ was a government policy writer. She fell in a dance class and was given an antidepressant off-label for pain. She reacted badly. As in my case, her doctors decided the antidepressant had unmasked a life long psychotic depression and proceeded with ECT. She no longer reads – she can not remember from one page to the next. She received brain remediation because her post ECT CT scan showed she’d had numerous mini strokes. She has become a recluse.

    I am writing a book and I will tell the stories of the women in the psych unit with me. Several are now dead. Psychiatry killed them.

  • Last night I dreamed I was in the shock room again. I heard them call my name and say: “They’re waiting for you.”

    Only in my dreams do I remember what happened in that shock room. Only from my notes can I ‘remember’ what happened in that shock room. Twenty years of memory are totally missing. Memory of the last ten years is sporadic.

    I look down at the gnarl of blood vessels on the back of my left hand as I type. Sometimes it hurts. It’s as if the tissue is frightened. That’s where the intravenous went in 25 times. Twenty-five anesthetics and 25 rounds of bilateral electroconvulsive therapy were forced on me during the 10 weeks I was held in a psychiatric institution. I went there for help in getting off drugs. I carried a copy of Peter Breggin’s book ‘Your Drug May Be Your Problem’ but that was dismissed. I was considered ‘an excellent candidate for ECT’ and I was seized.

    I ‘remember’ the assembly line of gurneys. I shook from terror as I looked up at the cold, matter-of-fact faces around me. I wondered if there would be anything left of my brain when they were finished with me. I thought I was going to die. I ‘remember’ the stench of the rubber mask over my face, the IV going into my hand and then, as the anaesthetic hit, merciful oblivion. And later, the blood in my mouth and the violent headaches. I didn’t know where I was. I didn’t know why I was there.

    When I was ‘released’ I could not find my way home. I could not find my way around the city I had lived in for 30 years. I didn’t know how to find nor open my mailbox.

    I didn’t go back for the ‘weekly maintenance ECT’ that I was told would be required for the rest of my life and I tapered myself off all the drugs I was told would be required for the rest of my life.

    I had no history of mental illness. I was exhausted and sleepless from caregiver stress and took a benzodiazepine for insomnia. Not one doctor recognized benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. They decided I had agitated depression and decided to medicate me to insanity.

    Ten years later the ECT-induced legs tremors persist. The ECT-induced irregular heart rate is still with me. The ECT-induced parkinsonism has diminished. The vision in my right eye is still clouded — as it was when I woke up after one ECT session. The dental restorations which were broken have been repaired. I still can’t breathe properly. Post ECT I couldn’t run — I couldn’t breathe.

    I can’t remember things. At home I have covered one wall with cork board so I can pin up the notes that remind me of what I am supposed to be doing and when. I used to have a fine mind, a photographic memory, and I multitasked with ease. Most of my friends are gone. I was too much for them, and they weren’t enough for me. Psychiatric labels stick. Mental illness has a stigma. ECT has a worse stigma.

    If I met any of my doctors on the street I would not recognize them. They stole my memory. I live in terror of those who once took an oath to do no harm.

    Every single day is an ordeal. I will continue to tell my story so others may learn.

  • A gentler way of treating catatonia.

    The great Canadian orthomolecular psychiatrist Abram Hoffer wrote in his memoirs:

    ” We deduced from our biochemical theories that large doses of vitamin B-3 and vitamin C might be therapeutic. We obtained a large supply of pure crystalline niacin, niacinamide, ascorbic acid and riboflavin. Our first patient Ken was a catatonic schizophrenic in the mental hospital run by Dr Osmond. He had had insulin coma and also ECT and had been left in a coma and was dying. We decided that he must be our first patient to be given niacin and hoped he would not be our first victim. We used a stomach tube and gave him a large dose of niacin and ascorbic acid. He survived. The next day he sat up and drank it and thirty days later he was well. He was discharged and remained well. We were very fortunate. It is essential that the first patient one treats with any new treatment responds and he did. We then knew that we had something but our conviction was not great. After six double blinds, thousands of patients I have treated since then, and dozens of open clinical studies, I am convinced that what I saw in 1952 did represent a new way of treating these patients. ” ……….

    “The adrenochrome hypothesis has been a map that we have followed since then and it has been remarkably effective in directing our investigations in to fruitful areas of research. These include the discovery of the mauve factor, psychedelic therapy, special clinical tests for schizophrenia such as the HOD and EWI test, the discovery that niacin lowers cholesterol levels, better housing for patients, better and more humane treatment of patients and more. Our research, and the use of mega doses of vitamins led to Linus Pauling’s formulation of Orthomolecular Psychiatry and Medicine. And I now know a lot more psychiatry than I did when I first started so many years ago.”

    Hoffer died in 2009 at age 92 and worked up until two weeks before his death.

  • A well-nourished body/brain is better able to withstand stress. Often people cannot afford supplements. As far as getting what you need from your diet? You are not what you eat, you are what you absorb. Supplements are only part of the solution. Lifestyle, environment, stress, trauma – all need to be addressed. The young man whose mother says he is not getting better from the Hoffer protocol admits that he is still using marijuana and LSD. The woman who stopped hearing voices – for a full year – for the first time in 14 years when she stopped eating gluten relapsed when a doctor suggested she needed more fiber in her diet and told her to eat bread. Perhaps the authors will write about pyroluria and the genetic glitch MTHFR.

  • Keep writing and posting – you are good company.

    Abram Hoffer MD, PhD (1917-2009) used orthomolecular medicine instead of pharmaceuticals to treat more than 5,000 people with schizophrenia. In most cases he was able to restore their lives. In Harold Foster’s words: “Doctor Abram Hoffer ‘cured’ several thousand schizophrenics over the last 50 years. He uses high dose niacin and vitamin C and a few other nutrients like selenium. The effect is enormous. Many of his patients start taking nutrients regularly and then go on to university and become physicians, lawyers, politicians, etc.…….. For his successes, Abram has been attacked relentlessly by the medical profession for half a century.”

    Canadian medical geographer Harold Foster (1943-2009) developed a micronutrient protocol formula to reverse the symptoms of AIDS and free people from their pharmaceutical cocktails and side effects. He was denied a clinical trial in Canada. However, an American doctor, backed by a pharmaceutical company, was granted a Canadian clinical trial for a micronutrient formula developed to provide nutritional support to people living with HIV/AIDS and taking pharmaceuticals. Foster was devastated.

    Foster once wrote: “The market for truth is very small.”

    And, yes, people often get livid when nutrition and mental health are mentioned in the same sentence.

  • You might also check out Rhine Research Center http://www.rhine.org and their Psychic Experiences Group for people who help others understand psychic openings/experiences – precisely so they won’t be psychiatrized. There are facilitators in several cities in the US.

    Thank you for your post, Emma. I was almost killed by psychiatry when I sought help to deal with my precognitive dreams. I was prescribed a benzo for deeper sleep and stress.

    The adverse effects of the benzo were taken for mental illness and started a cascade of drugging and labeling – 8 months, 35 drugs, 25 rounds of bilateral ECT. The damage done is profound. (see http://www.cpso.co – Iatrogenic Insanity – I do not discuss my precognitive dreams or other anomalous experiences there.) I am writing a book and will publish my medical records and the comments of the many psychiatrists (buffoons).

    The problem is that consciousness is not taught in schools.

    People who have psychic sensitivity are also exquisitely sensitive to pharmaceuticals.

    I promote orthomolecular psychiatry and will soon start a blog: Psychics Against Psychiatry.

    Almost all of the women in the psych ward with me had been misdiagnosed. Doctors missed the thyroid problems, the nutrient deficiencies, the celiac disease, the gluten intolerance, the inner ear problem, the kidney not filtering properly, the toxic chemical exposure, etc. All of the women had been given antidepressants, had adverse effects, and were then given electroconvulsive ‘therapy’ to deal with the adverse effects of drugs or the stupidity of doctors.

    Three of the women are dead. I will tell their stories.

    Psychiatrists do not want to listen.

  • Ah, yes, I do remember those ads on Craigslist offering $$$$$ for volunteers for an ECT study.

    And isn’t CAMH that concrete fortress in Toronto where people with thyroid problems, nutrient deficiencies, copper/zinc imbalances, gluten intolerance, inner ear problems, toxic chemical exposure, heavy metal toxicity, a kidney not filtering properly, etc … are treated with antidepressants … the adverse effects of which are considered to ‘unmask long-standing mental illness’ and when people have been medicated to insanity, they are given (or forced to have) ECT as a ‘last’ hope.

    One can even have a fall in a dance class and be given an antidepressant for pain and then be forced to have ECT to deal with the adverse effects of the antidepressant.

    Keep writing Bonnie, keep exposing.

  • Iatrogenic Insanity. The story of a mirculous recovery from ‘mental’ illness. An accurate report of what psychiatry really does.

    By defying her doctors, withdrawing from pharmaceuticals, and refusing further electroconvulsive therapy; spontaneously and miraculously recovered from all psychiatric diagnoses and labels.

    Diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Dysthymia, Anhedonia, Agitated Depression, Major Depression, Personality Disorder, Major Depression with Agitation, Adjustment Disorder, Vegetative Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Psychotic Depression, Schizotypal Traits, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Somatization Disorder, Avoidant Personality Traits, Suicidal Ideation, Paranoid Ideation, and Dementia – all within eight months. No prior history of mental illness.

    Treated aggressively with 35 drugs in an 8-month period – no wash outs allowed:

    Ativan (Lorazepam), Rivotril (Clonazepam), Xanax (Alprazolam), Clonazepam (Rivotril), Valium (Diazepam), Celexa (Citalopram), Novo Pranolol (Propranolol), Amitriptyline (Elavil), Propranolol, Imovane (Zopiclone), Effexor (Venlafaxine), Lithium Carbonate (Lithium), Moclobemide (Manerix), Imovane (Zopiclone), Seroquel (Quetiapine), Wellbutrin (Bupropion), Imovane (Zopiclone), Nortriptyline (Aventyl), Nortriptyline (different strength), Perphenazine (Amitriptyline), Gabapentin (Neurontin), Ativan-sublingual (Lorazepam), Trazodone (Desyrel), Ritalin (Methylphenidate), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Oxycontin (Oxycodone), Methotrimeprazine (Nozinan), Paxil (Paroxetine), Remeron (Mirtazapine), Zyprexa (Olanzapine), Risperdal (Risperidone), Parnate (Tranylcypromine), Haldol (Haldoperidol), Aventyl (Nortriptyline), Cogentin (Benztropine), Loxapine, Chlorpromazine (Largactil), Starnoc (Zaleplon.)

    Described in medical records as rather bizarre, “walked throughout the appointment”, delusional, demented, self-absorbed, violently agitated, twitching, trembling, shaking, mumbling, muttering, groaning, moaning, pacing, toe-tapping, passively suicidal, having abnormal involuntary movements, and having a prolonged mental illness.

    Considered a poor candidate for psychotherapy.

    Described as ‘an excellent candidate for ECT.’ Detained for 2½ months and forced to undergo 25 anesthetics and 25 bilateral electroconvulsive ‘treatments.’

    Informed of the requirement for institutionalization; plus drugs and weekly maintenance ECT for the rest of her life.

    Suggested activities for recovery included beading, basket making, scrap-booking, walks, arranging flowers, designs for setting tables.

    Threatened with libel and labeled paranoid by psychiatrists offended by her reports about being medicated to insanity.

    Self-described as an anti-psychiatry activist.

    Author of the widely-shared internet documents An Open Letter to Doctors http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/an-open-letter-to-doctors/ and Iatrogenic Insanity http://www.cpso.co/iatrogenic_insanity.html

    Favorite quotations: “How can something that makes well people sick, make sick people well?” “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own truth.” Abram Hoffer – Canadian biochemist and orthomolecular psychiatrist (1917-2009) “I’d like to drive a dagger through the heart of psychiatry, but I can’t find a heart.” Michael Corry – Irish psychiatrist (1948 – 2010)

    This Kafkaesque scenario started with a benzodiazepine taken for care-giver exhaustion and ‘bereavement-related’ insomnia. Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome followed on my part; diagnosing and prescribing frenzy, on the part of psychiatrists.

    Those who once took an oath to do no harm, were ignorant of drug effects/side-effects/adverse effects, recognized them as proof of escalating mental illness, medicated them, and expressed satisfaction at having ‘unmasked’ the long-hidden mental illness. To this day they admit no harm. They deny everything. The damage is profound.

    Post ECT: spontaneous seizures for about 2 years, vision impairment, continuing breathing problems, frozen diaphragm. Flashbacks. Almost total amnesia for 20 years of my life – including my marriage. Difficulty learning and remembering things. Chaos. Definite cognitive deficits. Neurological damage. Inarticulate. Still in search of my ‘brain’, my mind, and my memory.

    That, in brief, is psychiatry.

  • Have a look at http://www.drjoedispenza.com and his book ‘You are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter.’

    Canadian biochemist, physician and orthomolecular psychiatrist Abram Hoffer (1917-2009) used to ask his patients “What do you want to do when you are well?’ Many burst into tears because no one had ever told them they could get well. They got the idea and most of them did get well.

    M. had acute leukemia. She told me the handsome young doctor put his polished shoe on the side of her bed and told her she had two to three days to live and not to expect a miracle. She told the doctor that only ‘God’ knew how much longer she had to live. She went into ‘strong remission’ and lived another ten years. The doctor died of a heart attack the following week. He was 43 years old. We did prayer, imagery, nutrition and energy healing.

    See also http://www.bengstonresearch.com and theintentionexperiment.com.

    Unfortunately medical hexing is rampant. On a subtle level we all sense what the doctor thinks. Work only with a doctor who thinks you can heal.

    All the best. Thank you for this excellent post.

  • A corner of a brown envelope with the words “KIND REGARDS” FROM: BARRY HASLAM – it’s on the bulletin board above my computer. It’s about ten years old.

    I was trying to withdraw from benzodiazepines and antipsychotics and antidepressants – but mainly benzodiazepines. There was no help anywhere. Seven doctors including psychiatrists and MD psychotherapists had refused to even see me. The last words from the psychiatric facility where I had been forcibly held: institutionalization, pharmaceuticals for the rest of my life, maintenance electroconvulsive therapy for the rest of my life.

    None of that came to be. I had to taper myself off drugs by myself. I don’t know how I got in touch with Barry. I don’t remember what he sent me, but every time I look at that little bit of envelope and the message, I get tearful.

    I will never be able to help people in the way Barry does, but I hope sharing my story will help somewhat. Psychiatrists have not learned much. It all started with an ‘innocent’ benzo.

    I have reasons to remain anonymous for a little while longer. My story ‘Iatrogenic Insanity’ appears at http://www.cpso.co/iatrogenic_insanity.html.

    Thank you Barry!

  • Yes, great article as usual.

    I had tremors while in benzo withdrawal – not recognized as such. Prescribed antidepressants for ‘agitated depression’. Result of antidepressants was akathisia which was treated with more antidepressants and then antipsychotics and then sleeping pills three times a day and once at night to control the increasing agitation. Then diagnosed with vegetative depression when I fell asleep during appointments, and psychotic depression when my limbs would not stop moving when I sat.

    I walked during appointments and marched on the spot when I stopped to talk to friends on the street.

    I carried a copy of Peter Breggin’s book ‘Your Drug May be Your Problem’ everywhere I went but not one doctor was interested.

    I went to a psychiatric facility for help in withdrawing from drugs. They found my behaviour ‘bizarre’ and forcibly detained me and forced me to have ECT.

    I have my medical records and see from nurses’ notes that I was pacing the halls all night and was ordered back into my room several times.

    That was 10 years ago. I still have persistent unpleasant movement in one foot. The moment I was out of the hospital, I tapered myself off all drugs.

    What chance does a child have?

    Thank you Philip Hickey and thank you Dr. Breggin.

  • Would never recommend this treatment. I had it and had to stop. Severe headaches and agitation. I was considered depressed and treatment-resistant after doctors failed to recognize adverse reactions to a short-term benzodiazepine – and the withdrawal syndrome. TMS harms the electromagnetic field of the client and of the operator. It is dangerous. Thank you for writing the article.

  • Pericles – a modern paraphrasing of a funeral oration: ‘What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.’

    Edward Shorter will be eternally remembered and reviled as an advocate for benzodiazepines, electroconvulsive therapy, and electroconvulsive therapy for children.

    How pathetic.

    Any physician who has to resort to ECT should not be in a healing profession.

    Shorter’s email – [email protected]

  • Further to the Fox News item by Keith Ablow – (Ablow was one of the psychiatrists featured on the Dr.OZ ECT commercial.) Even though he is pro-ECT, he writes: “If we erase adversity – even trauma – from the minds of those who object to it, won’t we also be erasing the potential for great leaders who have overcome trauma the old fashioned way? If we suggest that shocking people out of their anxiety and sadness is the right way to “get over it,” won’t we be belittling the concept of human empathy, through which we commiserate with the suffering of others?”

    He goes on to say: “Psychiatrists and spiritual thinkers like the late M. Scott Peck warned that seeking to avoid all adversity is the road to weakness and to a willingness to let evil people and ideas overcome us.”

    Scott Peck wrote a book called ‘People of the Lie’ – I can’t think of a better description for psychiatry.

    Further to Fred Abbe’s comment (above) that psychiatrists themselves could be force electro-shocked until they forget they were psychiatrists, I would like to add that the researchers/experimenters of this new study should be shocked until they forget they ever came up with this absurd idea.

    Sad – so much suffering at the hands of those who forgot they once took an oath to ‘do no harm.’

  • A wise article – should be required reading for all those who prescribe drugs and those who might take them.

    Few doctors make the effort to get to the root. It’s much easier to write a prescription and not bother to mention the adverse effects and the withdrawal effects.

    I had the most bizarre and almost lethal experience when I was prescribed a benzodiazepine for caregiver exhaustion and bereavement-related insomnia. I became jittery when I stopped the benzo. Doctors did not recognize the withdrawal syndrome, decided I must be depressed, and medicated me accordingly. With each drug I became worse – much worse. Doctors recognized this as proof of escalating mental illness. I did take the drugs – I would have ingested almost anything to stop the severe agitation which I now know to be akathisia.

    I was treated aggressively with 35 drugs for 8 months and was forced to undergo 25 anesthetics and 25 bilateral electroconvulsive ‘treatments.’ I was told I would need weekly maintenance ECT for the rest of my life and pharmaceuticals for the rest of my life. I was also told I was demented. I had been driven insane.

    The damage is profound – both physical and emotional.

    The answer to my insomnia came through ‘energy medicine’ and the solution through homeopathy. I had a stress-related thyroid problem. My taper schedule was worked out by an intuitive healer.

    And no, I did not have anxiety disorder, depression, dysthymia, anhedonia, agitated depression, major depression, personality disorder, major depression with agitation, adjustment disorder, vegetative depression (got that label when I fell asleep during an appointment – I had been given sleeping pills three times a day to control agitation and once a night for sleep!!!!),bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, schizotypal traits, dissociative identity disorder, somatization disorder, avoidant personality traits, suicidal ideation, paranoid ideation nor dementia.

    Before you take that drug – get another opinion. I tell my story because I am still alive to tell it – many are not.

    My story has circulated on the internet for a few years as ‘Iatrogenic Insanity’ and ‘An Open Letter to Doctors.’

    My comments on Philip Hickey’s MIA article ‘Is Electroconvulsive Therapy Effective ‘ Nov 21/13, appear under the name ‘amnesia’

    Drugs and ECT do permanent damage to the human energy field.

    Thank you for your article Dr. Brogan. Looking forward to Dr. Mangin’s research. And looking forward also to your e-course.

  • MD Kelly Brogan’s current MIA article ‘The Taper’ in which she mentions energy medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, and homeopathy gave me the courage to tell the rest of my story. My ‘Iatrogenic Insanity’ story has circulated on the internet for a few years. I have never included spiritual stress as my true reason for taking a benzodiazepine.

    I have always had a ‘knowing’ about things, frequent precognition, and precognitive dreams. I ‘saw’ my mother’s death in a dream. She was not ill – in three weeks she was gone. I’d had these death dreams for years – very accurate and very stressful for me. I took a benzodiazepine for sleep. When I stopped the benzo a few months after my mother’s death,I started shaking. Doctors considered this shaking to be agitated depression. I didn’t think I was depressed – neither did my husband. I was translating academic papers, taking courses, seeing palliative clients – but doctors soon convinced me that because I’d had a traumatic childhood, I was depressed. The shakes were bad, I accepted the antidepressant – and was medicated to insanity. Why did I accept the drugs? I would have done anything to stop the agitation – I now know it as akathisia. So – in 8 months – 35 drugs, 25 rounds of forced ECT.

    “What the hell happened too you!!! You were a totally healthy person. Doctors have turned you into a piece of shit. They should all be jailed. You couldn’t sleep because you have a thyroid problem (because of stress.)” Those were the words of an elderly intuitive healer. He went on to say: “There are nine holes in your energy field – all caused by drugs.”

    I had tapered myself of most of the drugs, but the benzo-like drugs were difficult. I had been given sleeping pills three times a day and once at night to control agitation. The intuitive worked out a tapering schedule for me.

    He also made a medical intuition ‘scan’ of the women who were incarcerated with me and having ECT. Almost all had been misdiagnosed. Thyroid issues, nutrient deficiencies – like B12, an inner ear infection, a kidney not filtering properly, a childhood had injury, gluten intolerance (lots), toxic chemical exposure (work-related) – these were all good reasons for prescribing antidepressants. And adverse reactions to antidepressants were all good reasons for administering ECT.

    Can I prove it? No, but other intuitives have arrived at the same diagnoses. Oops, did I write ‘diagnoses’- sorry only doctors are allowed to diagnose.

    A healer, one of the best known names in energy medicine, commented: ‘You have a very beautiful field. But you look as if you have been shocked.’ We were passing each other in a doorway at an energy medicine conference a few years back. The ECT was 10 years ago. I didn’t explain – she knew. Others who have also ‘known’ have said: ‘This is tragic.’

    ECT damage is visible in the human energy field.

  • Fred, Many people post-ECT no longer have salaries. They have disability pensions. And later they have only their government pensions. I doubt that any psychiatrist who has been force-fed a selection of psych drugs (in my case, 35 in 8 months – starting with a benzo for insomnia) and then forced to submit to at least 25 bilateral electroconvulsive ‘treatments’ would be in a position to be retrained for a new job – certainly not a job that paid anything other than a survival wage.

    I function with a wall of sticky-note reminders. I cannot assimilate new information. I have become inarticulate. I have a history of academic excellence. Wasted.

    The psychiatrists do need a dose of their own medicine. ECT is barbaric.

  • Not depressed. Caregiver exhaustion and bereavement-related insomnia. Took a benzo. Benzo withdrawal syndrome not recognized. Given an antidepressant. Akathisia not recognized. Given an antipsychotic. Steady decline. Treated aggressively with 35 drugs in 8 months. Driven insane. Drug side-effects and adverse effects recognized as proof of escalating mental illness.

    Went to psychiatric facility for help with withdrawing from drugs. Forcibly detained. Considered to be demented. Considered to have a ‘psychotic depression.’ Too many labels to be listed here. Considered ‘an excellent candidate for ECT.’ Forced to undergo 25 anesthetics and 25 bilateral electroconvulsive ‘treatments.’

    Informed of requirement for maintenance ECT for the rest of my life and drugs for the rest of my life.

    Stopped going for maintenance ECT and tapered myself off all drugs after my husband collapsed with heart-related issues. He had never missed a day of school or a day of work because of illness. I have been his caregiver for the past 9 years.

    Twenty years of my life are totally missing and the last 10 are iffy. Not making new memories. Had spontaneous seizures for years. Nightmares. Diaphragm-related breathing difficulties – damage during ECT. Continue to have tremors in my legs.

    My story widely published – anonymously – as ‘Iatrogenic Insanity’ and ‘ An Open Letter to Doctors.’ (Check the internet.)

    Of the 12 women institutionalized with me and receiving ECT, at least 3 dead. Two suicides, one heart attack.

    Spontaneously and miraculously recovered from all diagnoses and labels. The remaining psychological and physical damage is profound. The only acceptable label for me is anti-psychiatry activist. Book in the works.

    I’d like to see a comment by David Healy. (I do promote RxISK – non-stop.)